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Three years and I'll be ready for Flats so I'm buying heels!

This popped up in my Facebook memories one Thursday and a realization it struck me. In three years, if all goes as it should I'll be here in this house without children for the first time since 1990.  That's right. My first daughter was born in October of 1990 and my youngest in October of 2005. I have had children in the house for thirty years at this point and easy math tells you it will be thirty-three years of parenting in the house, primarily on my own for most of them, by the time the last fledgling hops out of the nest and takes flight.  Who was I before children? I don't even know that girl. Certainly not who I am now. And not who I want to be either but it seems like that carefree, hard-playing, beer-drinking party girl with not a single responsibility in the world is a stranger.  When she's back, older, altered, and high on life rather than alcohol, I think I'll just leave the house every day without telling people I'm going. I'm going to enjoy the

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