I was just thinking the other day how different things are for me now that I have a house full of Geeklets. Here’s what I came up with:
I used to write poetry. Then I had kids.
I used to cook. Then I had kids.
I used to design and sew my own clothing. Then I had kids.
I used to clean house. Then I had kids.
And then I realized:
I no longer write poetry (often), but I blog instead, and work on short fiction on the side, both of which are frequently inspired by my kids.
I no longer cook lasagna or anything more complicated than beef stew. I bake a lot of brownies and banana bread, instead. Much more kid-friendly than lasagna. Oh, and the Geeklets help me bake, cook, set the table, clear the table, do the dishes, and sweep the floor after all is said and done. I let the six-year-old empty the dishwasher last night and he was ecstatic. I’m not kidding.
As far as designing and sewing my own clothing . . . well. That’s one I was never super good at anyway. I do still occasionally make a sundress or twirly skirt for my little Geeklet girl.
And no, I no longer live in a house that could be featured in Better Homes & Gardens. I live in a house that’s full to overflowing with life, laughter, and love, instead.
So, yeah, my life has changed a lot since I’ve had kids — for the better.
Happy Valentine’s Day, Geeklets.