A Reservoir of Love

     You raise them.
     You teach them.
     You keep them safe.
     You wipe their poopy butts.
     You argue over curfew.
     You check homework.
     You check their pockets.
     You write checks.
     You do all of this in the name of LOVE, which is sometimes hard, sometimes sublime.
     Then they grow-up, and make mistakes, and fall down, and you can’t kiss the booboo’s anymore.
     And, you have to remember to B-R-E-A-T-H.
     But, no one tells you how much you will miss them when they leave they leave they leave.
     Suddenly, your wishing for a pile of laundry, four TVs at full volume, doors slamming, multiple dinners cooking, the cry of ‘MOM’ coming through walls. 
     You realize that the once hectic, often times infuriated, full-up corners of your heart are quiet- but not empty- because, you now have the honor of knowing amazing adults, who are creating themselves, growing in the furrows of your labor, ready to bloom. 
     And you know you’ve sown well- chosen the best seeds, planted at the proper depth, provided light, and the occasional pruning. 
     But mostly, nourished them well (Not too much. Not too little) because your reservoir ran deep…

 and always will be.

Our daughter, Bryn, recently came for a visit- so fun!!!
After ‘Pop’n Tags’ (thank you OneFunnyMotha)
on Magazine Street all damn day long, we needed a break (well, I did)
so we scooted in to the nearest cafe to take a load off, and have an iced tea (of course).
This is one of their table set-ups.
Looks like they were expecting me.

The Reservoir Cafe
2045 Magazine St.
New Orleans


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  • anothercleanslate - That quiche looks delicious! What a cool place 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rich Rumple - Cool post! I’m torn between kids and cats in this one, though, as when the kids are gone, the cats become the kids. lol I guess it applies to both of them. Must have treated the cats too good though … can’t get them to leave! Great post!ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Hey there Rich! Nice to see you here! And, your right, our little furry butts have replaced the kids- in the house at least, so instead of Ben obsessing over when the kids would come in at night, he now calls the cats for bedtime- with a bell. ANd THEY COME! LOLReplyCancel

  • Sue - Mine is still home causing occasional disturbances. I don’t look forward to missing her, so your post makes me cherish the days I have left.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Ours are all gone and STILL causing the occasional disturbance, so, that won’t change. Funny thing is… you sort of miss the crap when they’re gone. Weird, I know.ReplyCancel

  • Stephanie Sprenger - Oh, this is so sweet, and such a good reminder for someone whose kids are still small and ALL over me ALL the time, that one day, I will miss these crazy times. And your photos are always amazing, by the way. You are one gifted lady.ReplyCancel

    • Cheryl Nicholl - Oh Steph, that’s one of the nicest things anyone has ever said to me. I’m so glad we read, and enjoy, each others writing. It’s nice to have friends.ReplyCancel

  • Roshni AaMom - Such a beautiful post!! Glad you reminded me…when I feel overwhelmed, I will remember this!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl Nicholl - The Life cycle is a puzzle Roshni. Time is short.ReplyCancel

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