By Dr. Hope Murphy
This past week my husband and I had the opportunity to be at home alone while our children went to visit their grandmother. (I’m not sure who was more excited — them or us.) My husband sent me a text asking if I wanted to go out to dinner and maybe to a movie. As I considered the deep quiet in the house, I realized that the best date night was going to be to buy an extra large pizza and to watch a movie that was not animated. I am certain that my husband was truly amazed that I was willing to stay in, but the reality is that the two of us never have time at home by ourselves.
During the days that our boys were away, we spent more time talking, laughing, sharing our dreams, and going out than we had in quite awhile. In those moments, we remembered how much we enjoyed each other’s company. While we were still parents, for a short time we were not Mommy and Daddy. We were two people, able to live freely in the moment.
In several weeks, the school year will begin again and shortly thereafter the season will change. My question for all of us is, “What are we going to do with the time that is before us?” Are we going to consider ways to hold on to those moments that bind us together or are we going to give them away as we rush to fill our lives with activity? I hope that we plan to hold on to the moments together.