SO when the kids finished their higher learning, feeling all grown up, want to be independent, get a job and have an actual relationship outside their home. Two got married, two playing house with their partners, one living close to campus and one still at home graduating from high school. A breath of fresh air, having just one child at home with complex learned behavior from her five siblings. One more year, one more year, one more year keep singing in her Mother’s head.
SO what did the Mother do with the spare bedrooms? One quiet room for her when she has to catch up sleep after working the night shift, a playroom for the grandkids, and the third as a guest room. Gone are the things the kids left behind: knickknacks with sentimental values, books they treasured that will probably not be reread again, pin-up posters, old wallpaper, single beds, old clothes boxed stored in the garage or ready for goodwill and the rest were thrown away.
SO when the kids came home for a weekend visit, they were surprised and dismayed that house is not the same as they left it. What do they expect? Everything to remain the same and status quo? Their parents moved on not wasting any time to start doing the things that they love to do and put in on hold for the sake of the children.
SO parents enjoy the company of their children, for a short time, appreciating the moments of making new memories, bringing the grandchildren and their spouses and interaction is centered during meal time. As for any stored boxes with the kids’ name on them, they were forewarned to take them home or else ….
SO the children’s rooms may no longer be the same way they left it, but the house still is and will always be their home.