There are some things in life that just always happen, no matter what. Things like:
1) As soon as I sit down with Cherith to start school, the boys (previous happily occupied) suddenly appear. Daryn wants help with something or other. Ethan begins to talk or whine, repeating the same thing at least ten times with no breaths in between... at a very high volume level, of course. If I don't answer one of those ten times, he hollers, "YOU HEAR ME???? MOM! YOU HEAR ME???" Right about this time, Faith wakes up crying.
2) I sneak away to the bathroom while all kids are oblivious to my existence. The door quietly closes and.... "MOM? Mom? MOM?? MO-OM?!?! Mom, where ARE you?" Over and over again, Cherith calls for me in a pathetic voice, like a lost child in the grocery store.
3) Aaron and I take advantage of an empty kitchen and begin a conversation. Those first three spoken words are like magnets dragging in children with all sorts of "important problems".
Will I one day miss this? I don't know. But I sure know I wouldn't mind a few days without it.