Like many of you, I've stood in a supermarket queue, pushing the trolley gently backwards and forwards, just like a pram/pushchair and there's been no child in it just a habit I'd been unable to break. It has been a long time since I've done that, but there are many other parenting things I still do, despite the children having left home.
I often wake early in the morning and on checking the clock, panic and realise no one will be ready for school at in time and as soon as I have the thought I remember I haven't done a 'school run' since the end of 2013.
I still hide chocolate and sweets, in the veg drawer in the fridge, then I forget where I've put them.
I still look at the kids favourite foods in the supermarket, but no longer drop items in the trolley, or cry over the fact they've left home.
I find myself hunting for washing to fill up the machine and still check under the beds in the spare room, I have no idea what I expect to find.
I double check the doors in the spare room to ensure they're closed and locked before going out, despite the kids not being there to 'forget' they've opened them.
I check the front gate is closed, just in case the kids who are no longer here have forgotten to close it behind them so the dog doesn't escape.
I call out for the kids to help me move an item of furniture or come and rescue me as I attempt to turn the mattress on our bed, forgetting that they won't come running to my aid.
I still spend hours looking for the remote control in the day, or the land line or the charger for my phone.
I call the dog by the children's names, one by one.
I say 'NO' aloud when I receive a message from the youngest asking for more pocket money for school, followed by a stream of messages from him begging, till I cave in.
I stalk/check their Facebook, twitter, instagram daily to make sure I haven't missed anything.
I smile to myself when they like the comments or photo's I've left for them on social media and I can see the expression on their faces and hear the tone in their voices 'mummmmm'