by Joanne Rock –
I live in a tourist town and this is a hectic time of year when the spring breakers come to town. I’m happy for the local businesses though, and glad for the income that makes our little community thrive the rest of the year. But most of all I’m excited to have all my sons together this week for Spring Break. My family is spread between three states for the rest of the year, so I’m savoring the moments when my sons have time off and we are all under one roof again.
I remember distinctly—all the years that they were growing up—how much I loved that moment when I laid down at night after I tucked them all in. For me, it was one of the nicest moments of the day. Maybe that sounds like I’m a bad mom if I looked forward to having them all behind closed doors. But what I mean is, I liked knowing they were all safe and sound and that I’d nurtured and protected them through another day. Because let’s face it, parenting is a huge responsibility. But accomplishing all the little tasks—from teaching them to ride a bike, to making sure they are well fed and happy—is also a tremendous reward. Fulfilling that responsibility as a parent and seeing your children thrive is one of life’s greatest pleasures.
I miss that warm, fuzzy joy of knowing they are all under my daily care and happy. But I savor it anew when they come home again. I’m writing this post from the comfort of my own bed since I tire out long before the younger set. But I smile as I write, listening to their shared laughter in the next room. Cheers to spring break!
**Do you have a favorite spring break memory? Or what are you doing to celebrate spring’s arrival? Share with me in the comments and I’ll choose one random poster to win a copy of my upcoming Harlequin Superromance, NIGHTS UNDER THE TENNESSEE STARS.
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