|the midlife empty nesters|
|our family when Ross and I were in our 20's|
|the teenage years - when you're allowed one family photo per year!|
|at our son's wedding - the last photo I have of the four of us|
The freedom that midlife brings is that we can drop everything if we need to. There's no school being interrupted, no after school or weekend sporting activities, no routine commitments that can't be adjusted. Our time is our own again and that's pretty cool! It's been a long time since there was only two of us to think about when it came to making plans for anything.
I know that the grandbabies will come and we'll be up and down to the city more often, I know that my parents and in-laws will need more help as time goes on. I know that life's hustle and bustle won't stay still for too long, but this is a time of hiatus for us. Midlife is a time of savouring the peace and quiet, taking time out to enjoy small treats and time with friends. Coffee dates with women I have known for decades are so special and there is much less time juggling involved in being available for those catch-ups. What's not to like about this golden season? No, don't answer that - it was a rhetorical question and I know others have it tougher - I just want to turn the picture around a little bit and focus on the good stuff that is happening at this stage in life and celebrate it.