When I pick up and clean and vacuum and bake, it is to make a fresh welcome for them. A clear table for games and meals and talk. Room for the fun. Sixteen chairs gathered around the table this weekend to eat together and laugh. The time I spend in preparation is like readying a clean canvas in order to sketch and paint our family's lives and days together. A rare treat now that the older ones are spread around the country.
By having everything ready before they arrive, I can relax and breathe and really enjoy our time together. The kids did remind me, though, to be sure not to miss the time I do have with those still here at home, to appreciate and anticipate each ordinary day that I have with them, now, before they all grow up and move on in life.
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