Oh man, a few years ago, a good friend of mine had kids well before I did, three to be exact, and I could not understand why she disappeared, didn’t call or email back. When I ran into her years later, I told her I missed her and she said “I missed me too.” At the time, I was hurt, taking the comment as a sign she didn’t care. We drifted apart, which happens all the time to close friends.
But dude, tonight, after chasing the adorable, demanding tykes, making sure they’re fed, blocking them from the stove, wrestling them into PJs when they rather flee naked after a full week at work, I realize what she meant. I completely understand those words.