You would think by now that after eight years that I would be used to my children being gone.
Oh sure – they would come home for a summer or two or when they were between jobs.
Now – one is married and has moved out of state while her husband starts graduate school in New Mexico.
The other is on his way to being married – and while he is still in the same town it is different.
As you parents who are experiencing empty nest syndrome for the first time, I’ll be honest … it isn’t easy. But it does get a bit better over time.
Mainly, because as parents we want our children to get those wings so they can leave said nest.
We have watched them grow and excerise them for many years.
So parents who may be moving your newly admitted college student into their new digs, or are wishing them safe travels to their new jobs or military training, take a deep breath. It will be okay. You have given them a safe place to live, fed them and then gently nudged them to become the adults they are meant to be.
We got to spend time together as a family before my daughter and her spouse headed west. On the deck by the river there were baby birds and the mama bird trying to keep them safe and fed.
As the the fledglings teetered on their nest, it was any time that they would soon be airborn. I’d lie if I said I didn’t get teary-eyed thinking of my children’s new adventures.
The way I see it, fly, babies, fly! You’ve got this! SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.