For the last couple of months or so, hubs has been commuting to Hot Springs (about an hour and half drive from us one way) to work at in an interim position at a hospital there. Heâ€™s been staying there some nights and driving back others, mainly to not miss kid-related events. Yesterday, he accepted the position in a more â€œpermanentâ€ (i.e., non-interim) capacity. So, weâ€™re moving to Hot Springs.
Before me moved into this house, weâ€™d lived in 4 states in as many years, following hubsâ€™ career trajectory. But weâ€™ve been here for nearly 5 years now. What that means is that while our oldest has vague memories of moving, the youngest really has no idea. Last night, we gave the news to the kids, and their reactions were so fitting of their personalities.
The boys (though theyâ€™re 4-1/2 years apart) currently share a room. So when dad told Wonder Boy, the almost 7yo goofball, that he wouldnâ€™t have to share a room with brother anymore, he threw his hands in the air rather dramatically, and said, â€œFINALLY! Iâ€™m free! I wonâ€™t have to share with that stinky turd anymore!â€ Then, looking to his brother, he continued, â€œNo offense, I didnâ€™t mean the stinky part.â€ Always looking for a laugh.
Boy Genius was not amused, but thatâ€™s just in his nature as well. Heâ€™s more of a worrier. He just kept saying that it takes him a long time to make friends. Thereâ€™s some truth to that, because he stays inside himself so much. I get that and feel for him, but I also know that kids are resilient and heâ€™ll be fine.
The Girl, however, being the eternal optimist that she is (as well as always being cognizant of othersâ€™ feelings), was overly excited. Perhaps trying to compensate for her brother and be encouraging to dad, she said, â€œItâ€™ll be great. Itâ€™ll be like an adventure, but without the spiders and such.â€ You know, because most adventures involve spiders.
So there will be a lot of changes over the next few months (pray for us that it doesnâ€™t take longer than that). But hubs loves the job and weâ€™ll be together; so bring on the next adventure (sans spiders, of course).