A lot of my friends have children at home and I hear them complaining about having to “go to cheerleading practice”; “I hate going to baseball practice in January”; “I never have time to do MY things because of the kids schedule!” Well, I’m here to tell you and them….enjoy every minute of it and stop complaining.
That being said, I can remember times when I would get frustrated tying to keep up with two different sets of practices and ball games. They would have practice or games at completely different times on completely different fields on completely opposite sides of town. My house was constantly full of boys rough housing with each other, I would fix dinner for at least 5-6 boys at a time and I would wake up in the mornings and step over boys sleeping in my living room floor. Those were some of the best times.
So why are Empty Nest a Blankety-Blank??
- Cooking for one SUCKS! Have you ever tried to cook lasagna for one person? I cooked for growing boys for so long, that my typical lasagna dish grows penicillin before it can be eaten.
- The house is soooo quiet: Have you ever really noticed how many noises a house can make at night? I’m wondering if Stephen King is hiding in my house somewhere at times.
- My door never opens: When I get home from work, my door never re-opens until the next morning. As the boys were growing up, it was like I had a twirling door, you know one of those that spins in circles and never completely closes.
- My driveway is empty: Only one car now. Again, when the boys hit the driving years, my driveway looked like a used car lot. There was always a driveway full of cars, so much so that I contemplated putting up a dealership sign.
Some good things about an Empty Nest?
- Laundry: I only have to do laundry once a week if that, and only one or two loads. As they were growing up, I think I could have made millions if I had just bought stock in Tide laundry detergent…. just from what I bought!
- Grocery bill: My grocery bill went from $300 a week, to maybe $50 a week. After all, I’m not feeding a baseball team anymore.
- I can be a girl: I can leave bras and panties where ever I want! I don’t even have to wear any if I don’t want to.
While you are wishing for the days that you don’t have to go to practices, plays, dance recitals or games, please step back and think how fast your children have grown from the day they were born. The days where all of this you are complaining about and not wanting to do will be over a lot faster than you think……and trust me, you will miss it.