Do you remember us?
We used to be fun, spontaneous and down right self-absorbed. It was magnificent.
Back when we had our childless weekends together, when my oldest daughter would stay at her Dad’s, when we would stay up all night with friends, spend the day in our jammies and make grueling decisions like, “do we go to the grocery store for snacks, or do we just hit the drive-through?” Since one of those options included putting on bottoms other than pajama pants, we would usually go for the latter.
We had no one to tell us how to live and we did what we wanted. Even our bodies were happily put through the abuse they endured – sleepless nights, too much alcohol, long trips on the four-wheeler, sunburns and bed aches.
Fast Forward to present-day and the table has been flipped upside down.
We no longer get to choose how long we sleep, or when it happens – thanks to a toddler who still does not sleep through the night. Our activity options are also limited. Most of our plans have to include our kids, otherwise they just aren’t going to work for us.
Really, having a childfree night would be nice, but the thought of putting ourselves through an all-nighter on purpose sounds like mere fucking torture. Sleep is so important to us now, but instead of sleeping all day, we try to make sure we get the right kind of sleep at the right time – you know, like at night.
This stage of our lives can be lonely and is really hard.
We are raising babies and teenagers, yet trying to work enough to ensure our future.
It is a grindstone – and even when the weekend comes along, there isn’t enough time in two days to make up for the time missed during the week.
As for friends – OUR FRIENDS –
Since there is barely enough time for my husband and I to be with each other, and also take care of ourselves and our children, and managing our property or what-have-its – my DEAR FRIENDS…
…there is barely enough time for you.
When I do make time specifically for an evening out with friends or an event, it is calculated to the max.
Do I need a sitter? Do I need someone to watch the dog? Am I going to need to take a cab home? If I need a cab, how will we manage to get my car in the morning? If the toddler goes to a sitter, how many snacks do I pack? Do I actually have to wear real clothes or will my yoga pants suffice?
Long gone are the days of trying to decide between the grocery store and drive-throughs. Our priorities are in a vastly different order than they once were and are balanced very delicately.
It only takes one raucous and sleep deprived night to ruin an entire week in this house.
I totally understand that it can be frustrating to not see someone you once had friend-affair with. We were together a lot – almost inseparable at times.
But, do you really want to see us now? Do you want to chill with tired, worn out us?
We promise that we love you. If we didn’t love you, we wouldn’t have so much respect for you to realize that we don’t see you quite enough. We honestly wish we had more time for you all – and we are sorry that this has happened.
But, here is the bright side:
Somehow this will all get easier.
We will figure out how to balance our lives a little better.
Our children won’t be quite so schedule dependent and maybe we will get to sleep easier and with that our days will come easier too.
We will never forget our fun ass times we had together. We won’t forget the memories we made and the histories we have developed with our Dearest Friends.
So when that time comes –
Don’t forget us.
We will see you on the other side.