From an unknown parent comes this touching little essay on how things are likely to change “When the Kids Leave Home”:

SOMEDAY, WHEN THE KIDS FINALLY LEAVE HOME, things are going to be a lot different around here. The garage will lose its clutter and I’ll be able to get to the car without stumbling over bicycles, skateboards, and bags of garbage our oldest boy forgot to deposit on the curb two nights earlier.

SOMEDAY, WHEN THE KIDS FINALLY LEAVE HOME, the kitchen will be transformed from messy to neat: no more piles of dirty dishes in the sink; no more rubber bands, paper cups and wayward spoons clogging up the garbage disposal; no more uncapped jelly jars and catsup bottles in the refrigerator; no more microwave explosions.

SOMEDAY, WHEN THE KIDS FINALLY LEAVE HOME, the telephone won’t look like it’s growing out of a kid’s ear. Moreover, it will be free at last of peanut butter, mayonnaise and acne medicine smears. And never again…

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