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"Birds" leave the nest

August 27, 2010 - Linda Lobeck

It’s quiet time again since all my little birds have left the nest. In other words, things will be going at a slower pace around my house with both of my sons back at school again.

My youngest left Friday, and two weeks ago, my oldest son left for football camp. One is in his sophomore year and the other in his last semester.
It’s wierd to go by their rooms and look in to see things neatly aligned and beds made. That’s not a sight that I see too often during the summer months or vacations when they are home.
It’s kind of sad af first, because you miss that daily interaction and involvement in their lives that you had again for a couple of months.
Now, the contact is sporadic at best. But that is the way it should be when the young leave the nest and start to live on their own.

I recently added text messaging to my phone in hopes of being able to at least get a message to my sons at times when they can't be reached by phone. And my hope is that they will eventually call me or text me back.

Texting is not something that I necessarily use that often, but there are times when it becomes helpful to text and make contact. Needless to say, it takes me a lot longer than my kids to text a message and they like to laugh at me trying to send messages. I spell everything out and use complete sentences  — no instant messaging shorthand for this old mom!

Ordinarily I prefer a phone call. It’s so much more personal and mothers can read a lot more into what’s going on by hearing their “little birds” voices rather than an impersonal text message. But you have to eventually roll with the times and do what you have to in order to stay connected.

My husband and I will have to get used to being without the kids again this year. But we are looking forward to spending more time together, just as the mother and father birds do when their nest is less cluttered.


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