Growing, Not Dying

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Friday, June 03, 2005

The House

Before I ever had kids I always wanted to be the cool house, where all the neighborhood kids hung out. When we got the kids' swingset we got the one with 3 swings, a twirly thing, a glider, and a basket thing, plus a slide. The idea being we could have several kids over at once. We have a "dirt" spot back in the corner for the kids to dig in, a little picnic table, tons of balls, a mini-tramp, and who knows what all else back there.

The kids prefer out front. They like the shade.

Alas, I did not also realize there is a price to be paid being the house all the kids hang out at. First there is the poor yard. It gets rocks and dirt piled in it. The papers from notes are often left behind. My poor Maple tree has had branches broken off and it's bark scrapped away. (I have addressed this, but I don't know if it will help.) Then there is the food bill. I had prepared myself mentally for when the kids were teenagers, but elemantary & pre-school kids eat a suprising amount too. Plus they are picky!

At least there are some up-sides. Laughter pouring in through the window. Friends for my kids. Knowing where the kids are, and their friends....and a few minutes of peace between the calls to fix a bike, get water, or do someone's hair. Ah-h-h-h-h......


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