There are some silver linings of not having a 2-year-old in the house.
- Not crashing into the gate at the bottom of the stairs while trying to navigate at night
- Being able to open cabinets without fiddling with a latch
- Fewer smudges on the windows
- Not having to juggle vehicles to make sure one with a car seat was available at home for outings
- Cutting back on energy usage with fewer laundry loads, lights, electronics, etc.
- Not having to wrestle with doorknob guards on the basement and linen closet doors – they were hard for little hands to open but also for my petite grown-up hands
- The opportunity to sleep more, although this is only theoretical
- More flexibility to travel, write, exercise, etc., although this, too, is theoretical
- A break from watching some part of Moana, which ABC called “Ocean”, and/or Frozen, which ABC called “Snowman”, every day, although I might sneak a peek at them now and then because I appreciate the theme of love of family, especially grandmother/granddaughter and sisters
Of course, I would trade it all in a moment, if I could, although I know ABC is where she needs to be, settling in with her mom and dad and London grandparents and enjoying the amenities that only a big, historic city can provide. We had a chance to videochat with E and ABC over the weekend and to make arrangements to visit in December. It will be exciting to see everyone and all the places they go! It might be a bit too exciting, though, as we will be there for the election on the 12th…