Sunday, June 5, 2011

Operation Family Hike

Okay. Over this winter I had the sudden realization that my biggest girl turns 17 this summer. I realized with such a sense of shock that there was a distinct possibility that she would be off to university in a little over a year. Despite my wishes that she stay in town for this next phase of her life, she has a strong desire to fly. (No, not fly the coop, just fly in the nice sense of the word). Suddenly I was filled with the idea that we really needed to make this next year count. So, when most kids are increasing their independance and time spent away from the mamas and papas, mine was reeled back in this morning at about 9:00 when I woke her up and made her get ready for a good old family hike.
It's not that we have never done things like that as a family, it's just that it has been awhile. Schedules, lives and appointments all seemed to have wormed their way to the front of the line as far as family time is concerned.
Not today. I was reminded that it is important to fit these things in. That our time is limited. And that our time together is very important.
And I think we all had a good time, despite the mosquitoes. The ice cream at the end helped too.


  1. I cry when I think of the years to come, and each of my little birds leaving the nest (in spite of the fact that they drive me cuckoo!) mama, you, to grab these moments...

  2. my own four( I also have two step-children) are 22, 20 , 17 and 14.
    It is a transition when they no longer live right under your roof to see and talk with day to day. I am still adjusting to be honest!We have a standing " sunday dinner" date that everyone is happy to commit to each month and I cherish it!