At 12 and 14 they are totally old enough to be home on their own. But you try experiencing four kids moving out in the past year (8 altogether moved out in the past decade), and you might understand why we’re feeling a bit nostalgic and more than a little eager to enjoy this time at home with the last two.
They were coaxing us to go out on our own– they had a movie night of their own planned. But when we enticed them with the promise of Cuban food at Casablanca, and then Lego Batman, they were happy to come along. It was totally worth it to hear them laughing uproariously beside us in the movie theater.
We’ve got years, Lord-willing, to go out for Valentine’s Day on our own, and only a few more with them home with us. We’re going to enjoy their sweet presence for as long as we can.