I wonder how many more dinners we are going to have together when JUST the 6 of us can sit around a table and look at each other eye to eye and eat and laugh and tell jokes and make fun of each other? We are probably only a couple years away from each of them ”bringing someone home” when we gather to eat. Sure, we’ve had plenty of their friends join us, we’ve had family and friends events when there were a lot of people around.
But how many times are we going to be ‘just’ the 6 of us? I suppose I need to be thankful that our 25 year old son still lives with us, our 23 year old son moves out, moves in, moves out, moves in, etc., our 21 year old daughter comes home and ‘takes over’ the house every summer from college, and our 15 year old may never feel like an only child!
Sometimes I complain that ‘by now’ Leslie and I should be empty nester’s enjoying the fruits of our labor and parenting. This IS a different generation. This generation doesn’t look at age and wonder about the timing of everything. They don’t think, like my parents did, “I’m 18, time to go!” or like I did “After college there’s no going back”. No, this generation thinks, ‘that’s also MY house, we will always share our stuff (your stuff!)’.
Why should I complain when there are thousands of families that never talk with each other, look at each other or sit around a table and laugh. I have a lot to be thankful for. Tonight we had dinner together as a family.
Just the 6 of us.