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This year has been incredibly eventful for the kids. Among other things, Andrew’s Lego team beat all the odds and ended up winning second at the state competition, Emily’s SSASB team won the state championship with a perfect score, and Libby earned two gold medals at her very first ISSMA competition. And that is just the tip of the iceberg. When I say that it’s been eventful and busy, that really is a massive understatement. And I am so grateful that I had the free time to be there with the kids through all of their successes. It’s an honor to parent them and volunteer with their teams and drive them everywhere. I can’t imagine what I will do when they’re out of the house.

And that’s the dilemma. There are only three more years with them all in the house and I see other parents and friends all around me sending their kids off to college. And I start to panic at even the thought. Because then what? I don’t know how to suvive without them. What will I do? I have been incredibly lucky to be home with them for most of the past eight years. I wouldn’t trade any part of it for the world. And I have no doubt that I will look back on these years as the best part of my life and it’s all been about them - volunteering at their schools, as their coaches or team volunteers, as their driver and chauffeur, and their extremely proud supporter and audience member.

But what do I do after they’re gone? How does a parent plan how to live without their kids? Because that’s what I have to do. It’s what we all have to do. But it doesn’t come naturally to me. At least not yet. But I know I must start planning and very soon. I need to be more than a mom. As much for their sake as for my sake. It’s not fair to them to panic at the thought of them leaving - it is my duty to them to show them how to move on and grow and adapt to change. How to get from here to there. I just don’t know where to start. | June 1, 2013

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