You know? It is really a wonderful life. I love having a family.
I actually enjoy cooking for them tremendously. Still, cooking for a family is still cooking for a family. It was the same when I went over and helped my friend with her 5 little ones. Although she did help me to learn the “mommy’s plate” feeding technique. Which is, a food on a child’s plate has a directly inverse relationship with being enjoyed, whereas food on Mommy’s plate —no matter how perfectly identical–has an astronomically larger chance of actually being consumed. By toddler, not mom. Sorry.
But I really see now how much time I fretted away and didn’t appreciate some of the unique positives about single life.
I really hate to see when singles stop doing things because it’s “just for them”. I think one of the reasons that my husband and I have a very healthy marriage is because we didn’t wait to build many of our traditions for marriage. We still bought the chocolate coins for St. Nicholas Day. (though as the stories go, hubby’s never made it to St. Nicholas day in his single years). We put up trees. We got decorations. We knew we wanted to be married but we lived VERY fully.
It’s still a personal decision, but I want to encourage those who feel like traditions are “just for families” not to fall into that train of thought.
And totally back to being off topic…are you far enough along to feel movement yet? When it’s constant you will likely have a moment of “what have I gotten myself into—I’m never going to be alone again”.