Well, I guess if you only have one child, "these days" tend to go very fast. if you have five... not so much.
I came to the startling realization this week that "these days" are finally over.
Last weekend we drove to the far side of the state to go to some really cool water slides. Me, and my five kids. Just us, no dad. I realized that all of my kids were old enough to play without my constant supervision. Even the youngest of my kids was told, "I am going to go ride this ride. You stay here." And he did.
Then, just yesterday, we walked in our town's parade. I just walked. two of my kids watched, and three of them walked with our group. I didn't have to hold any one's hand. I didn't even worry that they would get lost. I just handed out business cards for MOPs and chatted to people I knew along the way.
I guess "these days" are over. They were exhausting, and I think it will be a REALLY long time before I miss them.