The nest is empty once again
Mar. 14, 2010 3:14 pm
Updated: Mar. 30, 2010 6:19 am
I'm feeling a little "down" this afternoon. I always get this way when my "baby" leaves to go back to college. He's been home all week for Spring break. When he walked in the door last Friday evening our dogs went crazy! Their boy was home!! Our house was once again full of activity and noise.
A few weeks ago we thought we'd all be in Florida watching Steve play baseball. He's a pitcher on the college team and they go to Florida every year. But, that was not to be. He is a junior academically, but a sophomore athletically due to sitting last year out from surgery.
His freshman year he tore his ulnar collateral ligament at the end of the season and required surgery to repair it. He didn't get to play ball for a year! He had played baseball for 14 years up to that point. It was hard on him and us. Last summer he played in a summer league but could only throw 15-20 pitches once a week, as part of his rehab. So, the Fall season this year was highly anticipated. He had some difficulty during that season but figured he'd be back 100% by Spring. The week before the team was leaving the coach told him he wasn't going. He needed to stay home and work on strengthening his arm and getting good and strong. It was a disappointment, but Steve is a very positive thinking kid. He met up with his old pitching coach from high school and worked with him a couple times this past week. We're hoping things will go well so he can play ball again.
I was a little worried he'd be down all week, but he found plenty to keep himself busy. He met up with some of his old high school friends. And, we had some "bonding" time. Now he's gone, back to school, and all that's left of him here are the empty glasses I'll find sitting around that he "forgot" to take to the kitchen. He'll be home in May for the summer. But, in the meantime my husband and I will practice being empty-nesters once again.