TGIF. We made it. It was an extremely long week for me. So I’m glad to see the weekend. I can’t believe that summer is already coming to an end.
This week I realized within the next two years I will officially be an empty nester. I’m working on letting go and trusting that I have raised my children to have great decision-making skills. My husband describes me as a lioness protecting her young. I promise I’m learning to let go.
It was a little easier with my oldest two because I still had Daniel home with me on a daily basis when I wasn’t at work and he wasn’t at school.
That all changed over the summer when my youngest blossomed into a social butterfly. I tell you, this kid was gone literally from sun-up to sun-down every day. Between taking a summer class at the local community college for college/ high school credit and football practice I hardly ever saw him. He is really an amazing kid.
As a result of his hard work over the summer, he was chosen to go on a three-day Northern California College and City tour. From what I hear, not many juniors in the program were selected. I realized that it meant he would be gone for three days. After a discussion with my husband, we told him he could go. The excitement and relief on his face was priceless. Am I really that bad I asked? Both my husband and son replied yes in unison.
Although I was nervous, I looked at the trip as a test run of empty nest life. Here is some of what I did:
Date night with my husband and lots of snuggling.
Working on concepts for fall jewelry pieces.
Skipped cooking dinner three nights in a row.
Long bubble baths.
In the end, I decided that empty nest life might be getting a bum rap. Am I ready for him to go off to college today? Maybe not, but I can say that I will definitely be spending more time re-discovering who I am outside of being a mom.
Daniel returned on Wednesday. Needless to say, he had an awesome time. Here are some of the pictures he sent me from the trip to prove he was still alive. His words not mine.
How do you spend your time when your kids are away? Let me know in the comments below.