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March 16, 2009


Love, love, love this.

The thing is they all come back home when they get sick and need mom to wait on them hand and foot (at least Skye still does). I think the comfort is in knowing you did well by your kids and they've grown to be something you can be proud of, a sense of accomplishment. Now it's time for you to be able to dream for yourself. (Hugs) Indigo

Oh, Janet, you inspire me. Really. I love my little toddler girls with my whole body and soul, but I look to the future and see mornings like you just described. It helps.


We all look forward to the chickadees flying the coop, but when that time draws near, we don't want them to go!

I rather like this new balance between half empty and half full nest.

The not being needed every minute of every day is balanced by being able to confidently offer what is needed when the opportunities present themselves.

There's a lot to be said for "Me Time".

I loved this post. Loved it. So touching, so reassuring, so loving.

As I've said, some days I see the oncoming kid-free home not so much as an empty nest, but a light at the end of the tunnel. When my eldest left, I saw her off with pride... and, I confess, a certain measure of relief. We are close; she still calls when she has a particular joy or anguish to share, she seeks my opinion now more than she did as a teen.

One down, two to go! I hope it goes as smoothly with the younger ones.

Well as mother to two young toddler boys, I am slightly jealous of your 'near empty nest' status...though I have to say that despite everything I am already nostalgic for these years. I goodnaturedly complain about my current status as "mom-and-nothing-more" but am painfully aware that these years shall pass (are passing) faster than I am able to properly savour...oh the tragic blest bliss (sigh)

As La Petite grows a little more independent of me at age 22, I worry more about Amigo. He is unlikely to move out of the nest any time soon. I sincerely hope he'll master the challenges of his disabilities and go on to live an independent life.

I don't specifically recall any empty nest thoughts.

But I do recall that there was more feather tickling for awhile after it was just me and the man. heh heh.

I'm actually fear the empty nest because I don't know how else to define me, and that makes me sad.

I'm happy for you that you are finding peace here.

Thanks for putting into words what I've been feeling! I think I'll have to come back and re-read this post whenever I am feeling a bit sad about my soon-to-be empty nest.

I loved this post. When my oldest moved out and then got married, I worried that I wouldn't take it well, I knew I had two more at home but for one of my children to leave, I really didn't know if I would do well. I not only survived, I did very well. I am looking forward to the other boy moving...then we will out number the men....2 to 1.

This makes me hopeful and sad at the same time. You're good like that.

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