Category: Empty nest

by Deb Lawrence I am the mother of 3 daughters. When Youngest graduated high school a friend asked how I felt about the empty nest. I laughed. What empty nest? Not every child moves on after high school. Oldest and Middle chose training at local community colleges and lived at home during the years of […]

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By Jessica Galán A steady week of rain and clouds has evaporated—so my daughter and I take to the hare-lip of a beach which offers us cool reprieve, where the only hard choice is deciding which of twenty-six flavors of soft-serve to taste. Bianca and I collapse onto the sand and awaken our palates to […]

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By Amy Boucher Pye It’s a scary medical term – geriatric pregnancy – and I had two of them. The “geriatric” label conjures up images of nursing homes, not cribs and diapers. But, I was over 35 when I first became a mother. Why did I wait to have kids? I was engaged to be […]

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By Jeannie Prinsen Images of retirement living appear everywhere: posters in the drugstore, “Golden Years” magazines, cruise ship commercials. They often feature senior couples in crisp white-and-tan clothing strolling on the beach, their matching silver coiffures ruffling in the breeze. One picture I saw shows a man giving a piggyback ride to his female companion – […]

by Judy Allen The act of leaving the nest is a bit traumatic for everyone involved. I had the opportunity to observe the process in microcosm one summer when a Robin family built a nest between a light and a down spout on our back yard deck.  Baby birds emerged from pretty blue eggs, and we grew attached to our little bird […]

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By Jamie Janosz The last time I was told to focus on the end product rather than my present, all-consuming pain, I was giving birth. Somehow sending my first and only child off to college 18 short years later feels a lot like that. And, no epidural this time either. This college-sending-stuff is hard, and […]

by Beth J. Drechsel One weekend we dropped our younger son off 400 miles from our house at his new job. My husband and I spent the drive home discussing what was ahead of us. We knew what had been written about empty-nest syndrome; the loneliness and loss, maybe even depression, experienced by parents after […]

By Amy Loos Three kids, 17 moves and 27 years of marriage and we are almost there. We have one more birdie at home and then we will be empty nesters. I am so looking forward to a day where the kitchen counters stay clean, the fridge is full for at least a weekend and […]

by Dr. Gail Bones Teaching the Book of Ruth has allowed me to spend delicious hours reading and studying and cross-referencing and pouring myself yet another cup of coffee. I’m tuning into tiny details, but also mindful of the bigger picture, looking for underlying structure and overarching themes. Stacked around me are lexicons and systematic […]

by Judy Allen This is what contents of a college dorm room look like when unloaded from a van at 11:00 pm after eight hours of  driving. Actually, I’ve seen worse.  Much worse. All the stuff of a year at school must now be re-assimilated into our home for the summer only to be loaded up […]