By M. J. Fredrick On Aug 9 2012, 9:00 am
I’m facing an empty nest in the next two weeks. My son will be moving to Austin, an hour and a half away, to attend UT. He’s my one and only, and I’m torn.
On one hand, I’m glad for him and the experiences he’ll have. I’m also going to be a little relieved. Even though he’s an adult, I still find myself listening for him to come home at night. Also, he’s vegetarian and my husband and I aren’t, so it will be nice to eat meat regularly again. (Though I admit I’ve had fun trying new recipes.) And I won’t have to worry about his schedule when planning things. It will be nice to have time just with my husband.
On the other hand, I’m heartbroken. There have been times this week when I’ve just burst into tears. I can’t imagine what it will be like not to see his car parked out front or to hear his key in the door, or the squeak of his bedroom door, or smell his stinky socks in the hamper.
It’s harder than it might have been a month ago, when I hardly saw him because he was always with his girlfriend. But she’s already gone to college and we’ve had lunch every day together and dinner most nights. So it’s going to be a big empty void.
Does anyone who’s gone through this have any advice?