Well, I still have at least eight years, however lately I have been feeling it now.
My son got married a few years ago and he now has a wife, house and job to look after so I don’t get to see him as much as I would like even though we live 30 minutes from each other. He is still a young adult and I don’t know too many young adults that want to hang out with their momma.
Which leads me to my oldest daughter, who is now identified as an “adult”. She still lives at home but she has a job and college to worry about and lots of friends so she is never home. Which I totally get but still makes me a tad depressed when she chooses to go hang with her friends with the small amount of free time she has.
And last, but certainly not least, my youngest daughter, the reason why I am not a bonafide empty nester yet. She has, as expected, been pulling away a little more and becoming a preteen with friends, school and her own hobbies. She always still makes time for me in the evening to watch our shows but that won’t last forever and with her starting middle school next year I know things will change.
I am a little worried about what will happen when they are all gone from the nest. I have been a mom for almost 25 years now and I know nothing better than that. I was sad when my son started his life and chose to not live with us, I will be sadder when my oldest daughter moves away from us, and I feel like it will devastate me when my youngest daughter becomes an adult and starts her life. Don’t get me wrong, I am so happy for and proud of all of my kids, I guess I just want to say, “Don’t forget about your momma”.