It seems that most of my friends have been divided into two camps: the mothers of young ones, and the childless (or, have children that are of High School age).
It hit me yesterday that I am starting to miss the old times. The times before bedtimes, bath times and family time. Unfortunately, we can't turn back the clock. I have to accept that things change.
Now, I'm not anti-child. If you have children because that's what you want and desire. Wonderful! Mazel Tov! If you are pregnant and that's not where you want to be.. let me know how I can help resolve that situation. I'm not judging.
I appreciate the invites to the large family gatherings, the birthday parties, the baby showers. But please don't be offended if I leave early, or politely decline. Large groups of small children send me into panic attacks. (Actually, I'm amazed that I'm as composed as I am around my BFF's toddler, considering I had a panic attack before her baby shower). I really appreciate it when I'm asked if I mind the child be brought along for shopping trips. I love that it's not assumed.
I'm feeling nostalgic and sad today. I'll get better. Maybe I'll see if the girls want to go out for drinks. So I can get over myself and my over-active imagination.
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