The house feels so much smaller now as
My children have grown into teenagers
And the family room
Where my daughter is busy recreating a plant cell
For a science project,
Is the same room where my son and his girlfriend are sitting down
To watch a movie.
House so many memories,
When this little house almost seemed too big
Then once they arrived
Almost 4 years apart
The house seemed to embrace them
Inside their rooms with the slanted ceilings
And white paned windows.
Our family room
Not too long ago
Contained a doll house strewn with beautifully dressed princess barbies
And mysteriously decapitated ken dolls.
There was also a large plastic bin full of Lego blocks,
behind the box of
random Lego pieces.
Too warped to be able to snap shut snuggly on the rounded corners.
Now a horror movie plays
In that otherwise occupied room
and my daughter’s science diagram
Are subtle reminders
That date night comes with it’s own conditions
In a home that has suddenly become so small.