Last night when I was tucking the girls into bed for the night, Maria said to me, "Mom, do you remember when we lived at the old house how much fun we used to have... Dallas & Morgan and everyone would play with me all the time and we would have sooo much fun. But now they don't really play with me anymore... I really miss them."
That's when the tears started to flow on my sweet 11 year old daughter who simply misses her siblings even though she is still with them almost 24/7...
*Insert heart-break here*
We used to live in a small 3 bdrm. 3 story walk up. We were close in quarters for sure, the girls had one room, Dallas another. They spent all their time together. Probably much more time than other siblings do as they're also homeschooled, so they literally grew up together and didn't spend 8-10 hours apart from each other every day. They were each others best friends, confidants, brother & sisters. They goofed off, fought with each other & loved each other. But they didn't each have separate rooms to wander off to like we do now. So they hung out together and were truly immersed in each others lives.
The house we are in now is much, much larger with separate rooms to "hide in" if everyone so chooses. We also have far more technology now than we ever did before... there are more iDevices in this house than I care to count. There are video games, laptops, tvs, etc... it's far easier now to live in our own little world and forget those around us isn't it? How much are we missing that happens right in front of our face while we're too busy with our faces facings our screens instead of those we love?
This makes me so very sad and is definitely a wake-up call. I never want my children to feel "lonely". Especially not in a large family of 6... how does that even happen!? Today I will be reorganizing my daily priorities, and doing what I can do assure there are no "lonely & sad" children in my home. That is a memory no child should have.... :(
Have a blessed Sunday & hug your loved ones tightly today!