In two weeks, I will have a full house again. Both of my girls will be home at the same time. Three weeks after that, we will officially be empty nesters.
It’s an interesting milestone in the parenting journey. On one hand, we are busy preparing stuff that goes to college. On the other hand, I’m thinking about things I’m going to do when I’m not responsible for somebody else on a daily basis. So, time has been divided into the “now” and into “when the girls are gone.”
Most of it involves cleaning and organizing, projects around the house that don’t feel urgent at the moment. Frankly, I have a very busy life and always have a lot of irons in the fire. It’s not like I won’t be able to fill the void of time that children leave behind. I guess the part I haven’t quite worked out yet is the emotional void they leave in their wake.
But I guess I will cross that bridge when I come into this new season of “when the girls are gone.” I’m planning on cleaning some closets, but I might just read a few more books instead.
Amanda is the mom of two, a reporter for WRAL-TV and the author of several books including some on motherhood. Find her here on Mondays.