Last weekend, my wife and three children pulled out of the driveway for a week at camp, laden with bug spray and sleeping bags and giddy anticipation. I waved goodbye and went back in the house.
Truth is, I was as excited as they were. I had been anticipating the moment for weeks, and I could literally feel the stillness and silence of the empty house—no kids jumping on the couch and landing on their heads, no siblings fighting over inane objects, no juice being spilled, no mud being tracked across floors, no one asking for this or that.
No one asking me to be more than me.
I reveled in it, deeply. For a while…then I got hungry and headed to a local sandwich shop. I placed my order and waited.
Standing next to me in line was a mother with three children. The kids were goofy, moving constantly, doing everything she asked them not to do. She looked at me helplessly, apologized, and asked if I had kids.
I told her I had three kids, who had left for camp that morning. I tried not to look too gleeful.
Then, with her children listening, she gushed, “You are so lucky. So, so lucky. Last year, my daughter went to camp and it was so nice.”
I felt sick to my stomach.
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