time is precious

For years I have desired clean and tidy bedrooms, no toys in the living room, life not lived on the kitchen table (commonly referred to as “the landing pad”), computers turned off, quiet homes after 9 p.m., no dog and cat hair, and especially no horse manure-scented riding boots and half-chaps by the back door.

Well I have most of what i wished for — still have the pet hair — but the house is cleaner, the house is tidier, and the house is quieter, and it feels almost empty.