Tuesday, March 2, 2010

The One Where She Was Home Alone

Skippy and I are home alone. It is almost like being entirely alone, because he has discovered this weird game called Pikmin on Gamecube. The music alone is enough to put me into a sort of trance, so he has to play it upstairs. He wandered down a few minutes ago, though, and asked me, “Have you ever been home alone?” “Well, of course!” I told him. I laughed, because at Skippy’s age, he probably imagines that when he is not home, I just spend the day suspended in time, waiting for him to return.

But it did make me think. I almost never get to be home alone. Because Cambria is homeschooled, Casey works from home, and DK is self-employed, it almost never happens. In fact, it has only happened twice in the last year. I imagine there will come a day when I will wish I had more people home. I miss having my missionaries here. I miss my boys who have left home. But I do actually dream of having alone time in my own house.

The last time it happened, however, was a couple of weeks ago, and I found I really didn’t know what to do with myself. I played the piano loudly. I ate a pop-tart. And then I couldn’t come up with anything more profound. Maybe I’m not responsible enough to be home alone. It is good that Skippy is here… he is explaining to me the intricacies of The Cat in the Hat Came Back. And I do love a good sequel.


Garden of Egan said...

Hey! Eating a poptart is profound stuff! Don't underestimate that!

Home alone........I'm not sure it's ever gonna happen here. People just keep showing up.
What's with that?

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

I know what you mean. My hubby has worked from home for almost 2 years now and I have two that are not in school. Sometimes I get to go run errands by myself and it feels like that is the only time I am alone.

I love that bit about how Skippy thinks when you're gone life is just suspended around him. Too cute.

Cherie said...

I have had these same thoughts myself. My husband works from home and there are always kids and kids friends here so home alone does not happen very often. I'm not sure I would want it too.

I like brown sugar or frosted strawberry poptarts! LOL

Shewinn8 said...

Guess what? I have quite a bit of that alone time lately and ya know what?....it doesn't stink. lol Thanks for not giving up on me during my recent blogging hiatus and your son is a cutie! (like his momma) and my Lauren is a through and through Texas girl who is mature for her age...hmmmmm