Category Archives: empty nest

I Can Tell That a Boy Doesn’t Live Here Anymore


Your daughter just flew in from DC and opened the fridge. You were out of town, and she had an unexpected layover in her old hometown.  Since you cleared out for the weekend, you cleaned out the fridge (never a … Continue reading

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The Days of the Ice Cream Man


Gone are the days of summer…and the days of the ‘ice cream man.’  Or so you thought.  While working at your computer Sunday afternoon, you thought you heard distant music.  You recognized the sound immediately–it had to be the ice … Continue reading

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Halloween: Leaving the Empty Nest


You were late in bringing Halloween decorations down from the attic.  In fact, for your first official ‘Empty Nester Halloween,’ you took a wee break from decorating, and simply set out some candles and clusters of green, orange and your … Continue reading

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Reeling in the Years: Halloweens Past


It seems like only yesterday that you were reading your daughter a bed-time story about the Berenstain Bears’ Pumpkin Patch.  It seems like only yesterday you went to your son’s elementary school dressed as a witch in order to read Berenstain … Continue reading

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Help–My Yard Man Left for College!


Good friends called us several weeks back.  They have lived across the street from us for sixteen years and our sons grew up together as best friends.  They had just gotten back from installing their son in a dorm and … Continue reading

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It’s a Beautiful Day in the Empty Nesterhood


It’s a Beautiful Day in the Empty Nesterhood. You watch out your bay window as the last Lexus and long jag cruises past and your neighborhood empties out to go to the office, lake, beach and mountains.  Having the morning off, … Continue reading

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Text to College Student: How Do You Turn on the TV?


Text to College Freshman: We miss you so much!  And, btw, how do you turn on the TV? Not that you haven’t been practising.  You have been practising turning on the TV for several years, knowing this was coming.  Whenever … Continue reading

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Today, Instead of Helicoptering, You Promise to…


Instead of helicoptering, today you will: 1. Call Mama instead.   “Honey?” she says.  “Where are you? It sounds like you’re in the middle of a rainforest.”  (Note to self:  get out of the car wash first, so you can … Continue reading

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Here’s What College Looks Like


http://www.google.com/ Laptop, cords, books, binders, desk supplies, lamp, desk, chair, water bottle or two, bed and poster.  What’s off-screen is the flat screen, cords (this is a guy’s room, so it’s all about electronics and cords), dresser and closet.  Footlocker and … Continue reading

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A Peek Inside of an Empty Nester’s Grocery Basket


Okay, so there are some Weight Watcher items–well, only soups and candy (next time you’ll buy more)– a lonely bottle of hydrating shampoo, a box of moisturizing razor cartridges, some organic zucchini, low-sodium V-8, Lite English muffins and detergent.  How … Continue reading

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