Talking with My Kids After School
Sitting at the table, eating pita and hummus, listening to Arielle and Kai talk about their day at school or talk about music, politics, religion, potential colleges…those days were the best! For an hour or so I had an opportunity to glimpse into their teenage world.
Whether I spent my day writing or substitute teaching I always tried to make sure I was here when they got home just in case they felt like talking. Most days they did. I’m lucky that Arielle has always had the gift of gab. Some days she’d get home and we’d sit for over an hour discussing various topics. Kai would jump into the conversation for as long as he could stand until his music or video games called to him. Looking back, I am so very thankful that I had this time with Arielle and Kai because four years went very fast and now only one kid comes home from school every afternoon instead of two.
Since Arielle has gone to college it’s much quieter. Kai and I are similar in that we are both introverts at heart. We are perfectly happy in each others presence but we have a tendency to drift off in our thoughts. I’ll begin creating stories and he creates songs. However, we are used to our ritual of late afternoon chats so when he gets home we still spend some time talking together. Arielle’s energy is missed by both of us but her being gone is another reminder to be thankful for moments with my children.MYSTIC Update: MYSTIC will be available either the end of December or early January. As soon as I have a date I will post it. The cover is amazing! Timothy Banks did an incredible job. I can’t wait for you to see it!