BrainyBoy (v8.4) has gone to camp.
This is the first time he's been away from home (and not with relatives) for any real length of time. Earlier this summer, he went to a local church-affiliated camp for a 3-day, 2-night jaunt as a "test". He had a blast and wanted to go back again. The week-long camps for the rest of the summer were full, so we put him on the waiting list and a "we'll see".
Well, Friday morning we got the call and yesterday afternoon we bundled him off to Townsend till next Friday. 6 days, 5 nights.
The house seems quieter. Of course, GiggleGirl is still around but it's interesting - for 3-1/2 years we were a 3-person family. The dynamics of one kid are startlingly different than with two. I don't know what it's like with three... But the way you group yourself as a unit is just different, and it was an interesting temporary reversion to that state.
Not that I'd really want to go back to it, but it's interesting. I suppose it'll happen for real in about 10 years, but I can wait.
Then in 14 years, we'll be by ourselves again.