One day I will not wake up to the crying of children. I will wake up, and it will be after 6am, and nobody will have disturbed me all night long. I will drink an entire cup of coffee while it is still hot.
One day no one will reach out arms for rescue from the crib-prison and spin circles around the room in a celebration of freedom. No one will wake up overflowing with dreams and ambitions (what she has decided for her next birthday cake and when she can change her name to Elsa). I will no longer cling to my coffee as the sweet nectar which sustains all life.
One day I will lie down on the couch and read a book. Just uninterrupted reading, for more than thirty seconds. No one will try to sit on my Kindle or suddenly discover a DIRE band-aid situation (can't you see the teeny, tiny cut I got last week??) that needs immediate attention. There will be no screaming.
One day no one will bring in a pile of slightly-chewed books saying, “Read! Read!.” No one will climb on my belly and demand 20 games of "ride the horsey" which end with everyone in helpless giggles. The chubby laughing face will have become too busy for silly games.
One day I will eat an entire meal in peace. I will sit down, eat leisurely, and not get up until I'm done. There will be no screaming. No one will steal the best parts of my food. My husband and I will hold entire conversations not broken by a single "mama-mama-mama-MAMAAAAAA!"
One day no one will climb into my lap with a mischievous grin while slyly reaching for my bread. No one will give an animated account of what happened at kindergarten. No one will say incredibly funny things and then get mad at us for laughing.
One day no one will wipe boogers on my shirt or pee on the couch or talk about poop at the dinner table. No one will shriek with frustration because the Stupid Puzzle Piece Won’t Go IN!!!
One day no one will dance wildly to "Pop Goes the Weasel," no one will beam with pride over a wobbling tower creation or laugh with joy when it falls down two seconds later. No one will nuzzle a soft cheek against my chin.
One day we will get out the door without hunting for socks and shoes and waterbottles and toys. There will be no sunscreening squirmy faces or last minute trips to the potty or how-is-your-face-still-covered-in-breakfast-oatmeal-at-4pm. There will be no juggling of bags and strollers and babies up and down flights of stairs.
One day we will decide to go somewhere and we will just...walk out the door. We will go out to dinner and then say, "Hey, let's see a movie. Why don't we walk around the lake?" And then we will just do it.
One day we will go to concerts and coffee shops and whatever places adults go to. We won't plan our vacation around the hotel with the good playground and the amount of insanity required to get there. We will get on an airplane and just watch a movie or read a book. Maybe we'll even fall asleep.
One day we will stop to point out the playground or the cows or the really big dump truck and no one will care. One day no one will beg for hide and seek, or plant twig trees in the ground, or ask where the worm lives. We will get on an airplane and nobody will be wildly excited about the little buttons and the window shades and the teeny tiny bag of pretzels.
One day we will not hurry back from dinners or forgo evening plans because little ones are melting down. No one will take 30 minutes to put on a pair of pajamas or demand the door cracked at a perfect 13% angle and the right light on and the covers straightened out again and the waterbottle placed just so... And there will be no screaming.
One day no one will make a last minute pajama escape, running giggling through the living room exulting in nakedness. One day no one will cuddle in laps for another reading of Goodnight Moon. There will be no "Jesus Loves Me" and prayers and sweet kisses through crib bars.
So I won't enjoy the 2am wake ups or the 3am throw ups or the 4am attempts at morning. I probably won't enjoy most of the happenings between 1-5am, because seriously, I'm not crazy.
But I will enjoy the thousand other tiny, sticky, loving, learning, out-of-control-silly moments that fill the day. Because one day is sooner than I can ever imagine.
[Linking up with Velvet Ashes: Enjoy]