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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.
Mar. 14, 2010 4:07 pm
Well, you brought tears to this old mother's eyes. My boys all live in CA and here I am in Florida! But, one good thing about the empty nest, you know they are going on with their own lives, which is what we raised them to do!!
Mar. 14, 2010 5:06 pm
Oh Cindy! You are so far from your boys! But you are right - we raised them to go out and be on their own. If they are doing that, then we succeeded!! :-D
Mar. 14, 2010 8:33 pm
Awwww...what a sweet blog. I'm sort of in the middle of that. I have a son that will be a 5th year senior in college next year, but he doesn't come home anymore. He's got a job and a house of his own and loves the city where he goes to school, so we go and visit him instead. My daughter is a senior in high school and will be heading off to the same city next year, but going to a different university. I am already missing her desperately.
Mar. 15, 2010 4:47 am
Hi Lynna - it is hard when they go away. I thought it would be easier with my son since we'd already been through that with my daughter 4 years earlier. It's a strange thing, this empty-nest stuff, I miss my kids terribly but it's also a sense of freedom.
Mar. 29, 2010 9:20 am
We are on the threshold of college too - I have been crying over it since he started his senior year in high school. I feel for you.....
Mar. 30, 2010 6:19 am
The senior year goes by so quickly! I feel like my 24 year old daughter should just be a senior!!
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I've been married for 33 years, and live in Ohio. We have a daughter who is married and lives nearby. Our son graduated from college and moved to South Dakota. He has his own place but still goes to visit my sister and brother-in-law and have dinner with them occasionally. We have two black labs that get to go duck hunting with dad and two cats. We own a Mexican restaurant and are learning alot about the food industry. I love to eat, go camping, read, spend time with family and friends, watch movies, and drink wine; not necessarily in that order.
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When I was first married we had my grandparent's-in-law over for a pot roast dinner. The meat came out great, but the potatoes and carrots were still half raw. My husband's grandfather went to cut his fork into a carrot and it flew off his plate. He looked at me, winked, and said he loved his carrots that way!
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