I have decided that time is a terribly confusing construct. There were years when it seemed to drag on and on and on and I was sure that my children would never grow up and we would be frozen in time, forever. Then I bought a new car and went to write about it and thought to myself, “Surely I have only owned the previous car for a few years, right?” So I went and looked it up and no, actually we bought my previous car almost six years ago. How is that even possible?? Also, how is it possible that we bought that car knowing it would someday go to Chickadee (and laughed about, at that time) and now said child is practically an adult? DARK MAGIC.
Anyway. I bought a new car. Did I mention that? I bought a new car and then I wrote all about it, sort of, so if you’re into that sort of thing, you could go read about it. I love my new car. It is ridiculous how much I love my new car, really. And I’m not just saying that because Otto programmed the display to pop up a picture of the dogs when I start the car up, either. Probably.
Surprise! AK isn’t really a thing because they keep coming back. Ask anyone.
I’m delighted to hear you imagining your AK life with your guy.
I, too, am utterly befuddled by the passage of time. Just today I said to my almost-16-year-old, “You used to be 8!” He took it in stride, bless his soul.
Very exciting. My family knows that I will part with my 2003 MDX only under extreme duress because I like the way it drives but there is increasingly no reason for me to have such a big car. We actually bought my DD the “newer” car (a CRV) because I didn’t want to upgrade and she wasn’t comfortable driving a larger car as a new driver.
I am not prepared for AK beyond having kept working over the years which does give me something to do but the reality is the majority of my free time has been spent on kids for the last 17 years and I am not sure I have any idea what else we would do.
I agree with you that the days are long but the year are short – I swear my two were little yesterday. Sigh – it makes me sad even as I hope we have done well enough to send them off into the world.