As it rolls around to September and there is a flurry of activity from haircuts, new shoes and killer
|Note shoes and backpack|
We all remember the essays on "What I Did on my Summer Vacation" I always hoped my kids would pump it up a bit to leave out the "I watched TV while Mom napped".
No, now it is a different stage. We are whooshing them out for a big long sleepover. We are returning to our Empty Nest. Derek and I have been sending kids off to post secondary for the past 7 years. When our Kate first went, I was sure it would kill me. Residence I was told was "just like summer camp, but with sex". I was aghast. Then a friend and world re-known mother who loves her children more than her pets, told me "it will be ok". And she was right! It was ok. We are fortunate that we enforced a 2 hour radius for university/college choices, so we see the kids on occasional weekends, Thanksgiving, 2 reading weeks, a 1+month at Christmas and they are back in mid-April. Weren't you supposed to be away?
So it is that wonderful time when number 3 child is returning to school for her second year.
So I look at all the stuff being packed and parceled. Here we go again for year 7, but without a van. Just a regular old car. Some stuff has been already moved to Grand'maman's to save us 2 trips on Sept 1. I am sure more stuff will make it's way down during the first few months. Her lacrosse sticks, snow board and guitar may not make the cut. The Christmas tree can wait. Just essentials: fall boots - really?
As I prepare myself for yet another parting, I try to muster up sentiment. I try to feel pangs in my heart. To
|Back in the Swing|
I Love You - Good Bye.
So, the big question: is an Empty Nest every really Empty?. There seems to be a kid or two floating around here much of the time. Our kids do not appear to be Boomeranging. We do have our son visiting, but I think it is more like a re-hydration stop on a long marathon. His return to the city is imminent and I will whoosh him as well as I know this is where he is happiest.
It seems we moved these children to Orangeville to provide a small town rural upbringing. I expect there is less boomeranging to small towns. I think the draw to Orangeville for our children is their pets and (I hope) my cooking.
|The Orangeville Draw|
I Love You- Come In.