- You keep buying the huge, family size, even when there are only two kids at home now and you have a smallish (or at least “normal” sized) family.
- Following from the first bullet point above, you consistently use your giant pots to cook huge amounts of food… which then becomes leftovers because it’s way too much for your family now.
- You are stunned when you realize boxes of cereal last longer than one day. Not only do they last longer than a day, the cereal gets stale and you have to throw it out.
- You continue to buy half gallons and gallons of ice cream, recalling the days when these lasted an hour or so if you were lucky. After a while, you have six or seven untouched half gallons in the freezer, developing freezer burn. Your 17-year-old keeps saying, “Mom! Stop buying ice cream!”
- You panic and go into crisis mode when the dryer breaks down because you forgot you no longer have four in diapers and one or two who occasionally wet the bed at night. If your panic is full-blown, you drop what you’re doing and race to the laundromat half an hour away to dry your wet clothes, when it would have been absolutely fine — and completely possible — to just hang them up to dry. There aren’t that many of them anymore. It’s not like the old days where if the dryer broke down, you covered every fence, every door, each nail and all doorknobs with drying items.
- You always, always, always rock gently back and forth, to and fro, as though you are balancing babies on your hip or in your arms or on your back and you are calming them. You rock in grocery lines, waiting for the bus, standing in the bookstore, pumping gas, talking to colleagues. There are no babies for miles around; still, you rock.
- You wake up every mornng at 4:30-5:00 a.m., without fail. You don’t know how to sleep in.
- You can sleep anywhere.
This will be part one. 🙂