Thursday, June 26th, 2019
Empty nest syndrome is a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when their children leave home for the first time, such as to live on their own or to attend a college or university. It is not a clinical condition.
I read an article and these two statements gave me pause:
“One woman wrote: I’m going to live in Europe for four months starting in January. I’ve been raising four sons on my own for the past 16 years, and now my youngest child is moving out and I don’t know what I’m supposed to do with the rest of this life. I’m taking a month for each loss, the greatest loss I’ve ever experienced. Because I lost those boys of mine to their adult selves, and I lost the only version of me who makes sense to anyone all at the same time.”
“When I try to think beyond these months ahead my mind goes blank. I hit a wall I have no clue how to climb beyond — a wall I knew I was approaching but remains insurmountable nonetheless. On the other side of that wall lives a new mother I have no clue how to be. A peripheral mother, a phone-call-on-Sundays-and-turkey-at-Thanksgiving kind of mother. I don’t recognize this woman. I don’t even know how to want to recognize this woman.”
Let’s refer to the “LIFE GOES ON” Theme Song from the 80’s! (I’m always here for anything you need… insert music)
Now it’s time to recreate the “Empty Nest Woman” my children and now grandchildren want me to be, with Style & Flair, living life with Panache!!!