I ran a bath and told the kids to read for 30 min and I set a timer.
I settled in with some parenting book that I brought in with me.
I figured I had 30 min to myself…well, 20 if I was lucky.
Kids….I sat thinking about how life was strange.
How did I get to THIS point in my life?
How did I get to a point where I have a bunch of kids that are growing literally in front of me.
Why does it feel like days slip thru my fingers like sand while I desperately try and grasp them before they slip away?
Why does it feel like things are changing so fast that I am having a hard time “keeping up”?
Then I heard something…something. different.
I turned off the bathwater and listened carefully….
Someone was talking.
It wasn’t the kids.
It was a man…..in the house?
My heart started racing…..
I quickly jumped out of the bath and wrapped up in a towel.
I ran, still wet into the hallway and stuck my head into the living room….
all the kids looked up startled.
“What’s wrong Mom? Why did you get out of the bath?” said Shasha.
I looked around the room confused.
I know I heard a MAN.
“I thought I heard someone talking….like a MANS voice.”
They all looked at each other and shrugged.
Then Zeek said , in a strikingly deep voice that I swear he didn’t have when I went into the BATH, “It was me Mom. I was the only one talking.”
I stood there for a minute in total confusion.
That couldn’t have been Zeek…it was a MANS voice.
I looked again…..nope, he was the only one there.
It was happening….we were changing. Right. before. my. eyes.
I slowly walked back to the bath a little more AWARE of just how quickly the sand is actually falling thru my fingers.
a little bit more desperate to keep days from slipping away.