My nephews visited me over the summer. They are around the same age as my children, so they all had a wonderful time together. Now it’s time for them to leave. I am sad and happy. Let me explain. I am sad that they are leaving. The fun and noise will come to an end. I am happy that the fun and noise will come to an end which means life will return to normal. I don’t have to do laundry everyday. I don’t have to be a chef 24 hours a day. On the other hand, I won’t have kids trying to play pranks on each other and me. I won’t hear giggles and screams and laughter fill the house. There will be quiet, but will it be peaceful or empty?
Isn’t it amazing how complex we humans are? How can I feel happy and sad at the same time, for the same reason?