Feeling the Empty-nest

Oh my.  So much to say.  Let’s just start with how I’m not totally digging this empty-nest thing right now.  Oh, I don’t mind the empty-nest as much I mind the distance between my kids and me. Once again, I’m asking myself what I was thinking, raising such independent kids!!

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Have I mentioned here that my son is 1LT in the U.S. Army?  He followed in his dad’s footsteps and I am super proud of him.  He is preparing for his first deployment and this momma just isn’t feeling it.  I mean, does any momma?  I don’t think so.  Anyway, it’s not for too long, as he’ll be returning early for a school but anytime is too long for me.

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We went out for a visit, last week, before he leaves and had a wonderful time.  DD drove down to meet us there and it was wonderful having us all under the same roof for a few days.  I miss my kids so much.

After DH and DD left, I stayed on a few extra days and got some alone time with him and his lovely wife. I got to watch him go through his new deployment gear and put it together and such.  It was really quite surreal.

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I felt like I stepped through a time portal as he sat cross-legged on the living room taking things apart and putting them back together again, just the way his dad used to do.

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You know in movies, when parents are watching their adult children and suddenly they are little kids again, toddlers even?  Well, that happened to me in real life!  I saw him playing around his dad while his dad did the same.  I saw him ‘helping’ his dad by putting it on and letting Dad hook things on here and there.

And then suddenly he’d come back into focus.  It brought back so many memories and maybe a few silent tears.  At one point he told his wife to come over and try it on and she said, “Nah, I’m good.” And I said, “Oh, come on it’s tradition! After it’s all put together everyone has to try it on!”

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She replied, “Well, if it’s tradition!”  LOL She was a good sport as he brought it over her head and onto her shoulders and snapped it here and added this there and so on.  I even took turn!

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Yeah, my hair got messed up…

We laughed and it was fun.

It was hard saying good-bye. It’s always hard but this time it was extra hard.  He was always my little guy.  We were inseparable.  We were the best of friends!  I miss that guy every single day.

 

We had such a good visit. I wouldn’t trade even a moment of it.

Next, I get to go see DD perform in Cinderella.  I can’t wait to see her on stage again!  I have the best kids.  I am one lucky, proud mom.  When you look in the dictionary under lucky proud mom, you see a photo of me and my kids!

 

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