I often think about what makes me content. It's never about the stuff and always about the family. Especially the kids. Now that both live away from home, I crave having both my "babies" home under my roof. Of course I don't mean always. I strongly encouraged both of them leaving the nest to see and experience the world and I actually find it fascinating when they come home to see the subtle nuances and changes and development in them. But when they are both here is it magical. Brandon brings Tracy with him, and my girl and Tracy are like sisters. Then the best friend from across the street comes around and I have my small pack of favourite kids all around once again. I love to sit and listen to them yapping and laughing and enjoying their company. Then my Mum and sister come over and we all visit and chat and tease each other.
Today the kids decided to find something to do that wasn't related to malls, shopping or paid entertainment. They went to the local Provincial park to check out the animals. Armed with my camera and all the aging fruit and veg from the fridge, they bonded with the piggies at the park.
Yesterday we went to a family party and on the way home we sang all the songs that we sung to them when they were little. Good Night Irene (the Raffi version) was a favourite.
When they are all here, before I fall asleep, I try to savour the moment. You sleep just a little sounder knowing they are all here (I think of Tracy as one of them now). As a parent you always have a small niggle of worry. Do they have a safe ride home?, Did that cough of theirs clear up? Did they resolve issue that was worrying them? You know how it is.......Tracy's Mum told me once that "You are only as happy as your unhappiest child". I agree 100%. So when they are together and you hear the laughter and happiness, it boosts you and full fills you and gives you a sense of complete peace and contentment.
Tonight my sister and mother are here for dinner, and I see how their love for my kids envelops them also.
I know how the mama pig must feel A contented sleep with all my piggies snuggled under my roof.
Goodnight Irene by Raffi
Foxes sleep in the forest
Lions sleep in their dens
Goats sleep on the mountainside
and piggies sleep in pens
Irene goodnight, Irene goodnight
Goodnight Irene, goodnight Irene
I'll see you in my dream
Whales sleep in the ocean
Zebras sleep on land Hippos sleep by the riverside
and camels sleep on sand
Coyote sleeps in the canyon
And birdie sleeps in a tree
And when it's time for me to rest
My bed's the place for me.