Chad and Nicole are both off tomorrow and they have several things planned to do with Addie, and another couple who have kids her age so we met Nicole halfway this afternoon and returned Addie to her parents. She was here 13 nights except for Christmas Eve night she went home for Santa. When Addie leaves, I’m always exhausted. I kinda sleep with one eye open when she’s here (not really but I don’t sleep as sound as I do when she’s not here). There’s more cooking because I’m often making things that she will like but things I wouldn’t normally cook. There’s way more running upstairs and downstairs. There’s more interruptions when I’m sitting and doing things. I think back to the amount of time I spent with my grandma. She had so much to do and it had to be exhausting for her having me around so much.
They had a hard life – growing so much of their own food, canning it, butchering their own animals, cooking a big breakfast very early, then a big dinner, very involved with church Wednesday night, Sunday morning and Sunday night.
I never considered the toll my staying there took on her til I realize how tired I am after Addie leaves. I do feel like I entertained myself a lot but Addie does too.
Unless they come to Joplin to shop and run by here, it may be 3 or 4 weeks before I see her again. This time of year, I can get her for the weekend but that means the weather has to be good enough for me to drive there on Friday and good enough for me to take her back on Sunday.
I miss her but it is going to be nice to sit and cross stitch a while tonight without having to stop and answer questions or see why something isn’t working or help her make something. 🙂