The Empty Nest: So Far So …

The Empty Nest: So Far So ‚ĶGOOD. ¬†Dare I say awesome! ¬†We came home to an empty house one week ago to the day. ¬†Flashback to June 27, 1988, after that our house would be constantly FULL … until now. ¬†But like riding the proverbial bike, we¬†could get used to this “new” or “renewed” life together. ¬†In just a short week, I realized that I really do¬†still¬†like him … I mean I really LIKE LIKE him as¬†kids might say.

Don’t get me wrong, we MISS Lulu immensely, but change is inevitable and this change is good. ¬†And at only two hours away, there will be weekend visits. ¬†Not every weekend, but some, just enough. ¬†At first I was all uh no, YOU wanted to go away, not me … so see ya … come Thanksgiving … (in my head only, ¬†I never said this to her out loud & I am ashamed I even thought it). ¬†And then, in the blink of an eye, life changed for a former co-worker of mine. ¬†The unimaginable and she will never have another phone call, meal, etc… with her child. ¬†My heart breaks for her and her family. ¬†I am reminded that life is just too damn short. ¬†Lulu is alive and we want to see her simply because we can. ¬†And like I said she is only two hours away … not across the country.

My memories are running rampant. ¬†And I remember my first time truly on my own. ¬†While I never went away to school, I did leave the nest … I just¬†didn’t go far. ¬†I was about 4-5 miles from my parent’s house and¬†I visited them often. ¬†When we married, after that first year, we bought a house right in between¬†7 miles from one set of parents and about 9¬†from the other. ¬†There was the occasional weekend get together too. ¬†Before cell phones –¬†the original FaceTime. ¬†Therefore, we just decided that easing into this separation is okay too just¬†as long as we do not stall out along the way.

Wish us luck. ¬†As always, more to come …