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Empty nest time

August 31, 2009 - Linda Lobeck
I've had offers from friends to share their children with me if I get too lonely now that my husband and I have become empty-nesters. Both of our sons are gone to college this year — my youngest in his freshman year and my oldest in his senior year. I really haven't had too much time to feel lonely yet — we dropped Matt off only last week and Ryan's been there for a couple of weeks for football. All I do know is that my grocery bill for the week was down about $50 and I only had two loads of wash compared to a lot more when everyone is home. I also had time to read a book over the weekend, went out to lunch, and spent some time with my husband. Those are the positives. On the other side, it's awful quiet around the house and my dog Gracie is confused with empty rooms and where her boys went. There are no more kids to follow in high school sports for us, and I think that's going to be more difficult for my husband. We will continue to support local sports, but it's different when you no longer have a child involved. But we aren't going cold turkey yet. We will continue to follow the boys at college in football and tennis — thank goodness they are at the same college! I have been so used to keeping up a busy pace for the past 21 years that I think I will have to investigate some other activities I haven't had time to do. I'm also at loose ends a bit since I have been used to visiting with my mom, who recently passed away. Thanks to everyone for their prayers and cards of support! It's a new chapter in all of our lives. It's exciting for the boys moving on to college. I remember that those were some of the best years I had growing up and it's where my husband and I first met. The hardest thing for me as a mother is not to hover, as my husband call it, trying to keep tabs on my kids. But with e-mail, cell phones, and Facebook, it's easier to stay in touch when they are away from home. I'm just not allowed to write "I love you" on their Facebook walls or they will "defriend" me from their list.


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