Monday, September 28, 2009

Another One Flies From The Nest

Well, it is official. Our home is now down from five to four. There is a bedroom in the house that has been picked over and only the unwanted items remain behind. A stray sock, an old school photograph, a muddy pair of tennis shoes, clothing that was never unpacked from the first move...and of course the candy wrappers, pieces of paper and such that often live tucked away in the nooks and crannies of a child's room.

It is a bittersweet time around here. On the one hand, we are excited to see where the future will take 'the newly independent one'. On the other, we hate to see them go. The house seems emptier already.

Jim and I have always known that our responsibility was to get them ready to launch into the world. We have watched one move out after a year of planning; another move on at the time of marriage. This one made the decision in about a week and had our heads spinning. Yet the emotions of watching each of them move into their first place has been similar...pride in their accomplishments, anxiety about their safety, and a little bit of regret that the time had come more quickly than we had thought.

Tonight I take a good look around the nearly empty room and see the things that need to be cleaned up, say a little prayer for the safety of all three of the children who have stretched their wings...and hug a little tighter the two who are closer to launch than I want to think about right now.

6 comments:

Brenda said...

What a milestone it must be bittersweet feeling... your family has been in my thoughts and prayers...

Anonymous said...

Before you know it, it will be just you and Jim again. I know it is bittersweet for you but look on the bright side. Once it's just you and Jim again y'all can walk around the house naked if you want too. HA HA

Rita

Robin said...

before you walk around naked make sure everyone has turned their keys back in!!!!

Anonymous said...

good advice Robin. I will have to keep that one in mind when my time comes.

Rita

Anonymous said...

You didn't say which one left the nest. Was it Brian or Bre? Love ya'll Aunt Fran

Miss August said...

I'm guessing it's the Number 1 Son (Brian) since this post is labeled: Legacy, My Life, Number 1 Son, Treasures.