The return of Sadness.... The Almost Empty Nest Syndrome

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Just got back from a whirlwind one day trip taking our son back to college. You would think that since he is now a Junior and us still having a daughter living at home, I would be over the Empty Nest Sadness that goes along with him leaving again. But I am not. I feel sadness. I feel lonely. I feel pathetic. I am so proud of him and am glad he is doing well with school, has a lot of friends and a goal, but how do you get over not being around a child after 18 years of taking care of them, loving them and doing anything for them? Its like asking me to turn a switch off or to stop breathing. Impossible. Dont get me wrong, I have my daughter that keeps me busy and on my toes, that I love just as much, a household to run, a full time job to go to and a business to help run. But why when a child leaves the nest is when I feel empty inside, not complete? I dont know how other moms get over it and are able to accept it.

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  • JNK125
    I've got to say that I think you feeling this way makes you a great mom- because you can really tell how much a part of your being your children are and how much you truly love and care about them.
    2190 days ago
  • KMIRANDA2000
    Oh God...I'm feeling that way and my daughter leaves for the first time this coming Friday. I am thrilled that she is going to experience college life completely, but I feel such a sadness still at the house being quiet. We have a dog and three cats, so we won't be totally alone, but our daughter just brings so much life to the house. It'll be a new normal I guess. Anyway, I feel your pain.
    2192 days ago
  • IILAAD65
    Slow adjustment.. I totally understand. Mine are 17 and 19 and I am looking forward to seeing them on their own.

    But when my 17 y/o says she's moving out next year, it hurts my feelings.

    What's up with that?? lol
    2193 days ago
    Oh yeah, and get a dog!

    2193 days ago
    Stay busy. That's what I do.

    We have a team called Empty Nest. You should join us. Check it out!

    2193 days ago
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