The Empty Nest Syndrom

May 22, 2014 at 8:37 pm (Uncategorized) (, , , )

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I love this image of the empty nest syndrome.

First, let me clarify something. Being promoted to status of the empty nest is not a bad thing. It means you raised your children the best you could, teaching them the skills they will need to out on their own cooking,laundry, A BUDGET, just to name a few. no over due  movies at the video store, hot water on demand, left overs, no 3 am pizza delivery when you have to up at 6 am. for work, no more loud music, or ‘mom, where’s my____.’  Never a dull moment while raising kids.

I wasn’t thinking about my son moving out until the last year he lived at home. As a single parent I had a few challenges with my son. I was a young widowed mother caring for my young son alone. There were many hardships and difficulties but Levi and I survived them all. I am proud of the fine young man he had become. Levi moved out at age 19 to help his Grandma after his Grandpa had passed away. His grandma kept him honest. The doors locked at 10 pm. It was funny because Levi’s friends would call his grandma at 9:59 and tell her he is on his way home please don’t lock the doors. It is a different feeling when you have dinner with your mom and son at her house now. I always brought tacos home on Tuesdays for dinner. Over dinner, we shared about how the day went and our plans for tomorrow. 

Getting through the fears and lonely feelings are normal. It is an adjustment for all involved. You feel like the kids are gone, now what? I understand. Many parents start a second career, many travel to dream locations, others take a night course. I wrote and published my first book, and I blog often. I have a rewarding career in healthcare as well as care for my aging mother.My life is full. As for my son Levi, he died in a tragic car accident in 2007 at the age of 20. Even though my life had been forever changed, I have the love and support of family and friends who help me keep moving forward in the good things God still has for me. After Levi moved out, I turned his old bedroom into my dressing room I love to get dressed in the morning and put on pajamas at night. Everyone has an empty nest story to tell. I would love to read some of your stories.

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1 Comment

  1. kd sullivan said,

    I am not quite an empty nester yet, so I try to enjoy the time I have left… Thanks for visiting over at my place the other day.

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