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April 19th, 2012 at 01:06 pm

Today has been a rather difficult day. Aside from not sleeping well last night and students with spring fever, I'd been feeling sad. I know the cause of my sadness and it's called empty nest syndrome. DS#1 has just one more semester left of college and has been offered a full-time job as of September (I'm happy for him). He is also thinking of moving out.
DS#2 will graduate from high school at the end of June and he is talking about joining the military now (vocational school is still an option). I like to think that I've done a pretty good job at raising my boys. I'm also aware that my children are not mine to keep and they need to spread their wings just as I did when I was their age, but I often find myself wishing they were little again. Frown

9 Responses to “:(”

  1. laura Says:


  2. laura Says:

    I stitched something for my mother and the concluding words were "And though I've walked up childhood's hill, Mother's love surrounds me still."

    And my son gave me a placque last Mother's Day that says "A Mother's Love Blooms Forever".

    I'm feeling a pang, too, knowing how fast time flies. My aunt just said "Soon it will be college scholarships you'll be happy about." I'd love to stop time and hug my girl forever! Just yesterday she was a baby.

  3. NJDebbie Says:

    Thank you Laura for your kind words. Your aunt is certainly right, time flies and I guess I'm off to another stage in my life. I'll be alright.

  4. littlegopher Says:

    So know what you're saying (((hugs)))

    I'm still nostalgic for the times when my girls were little, but I'm really enjoying the adults they're becoming.... Oh, the growing up is hard to do Smile

  5. ThriftoRama Says:

    Sad, but this just means you've done your job. Our jobs as parents is to prepare our children to do well in the world without us.

  6. creditcardfree Says:

    ((Hugs)) Only in the last year, since I have a high schooler, have I realized how fast the time really does go. It doesn't seem like it could when they are little.

  7. Jerry Says:

    If your child chooses a military option, remember that there are some really good training programs through that route, and it doesn't all lead to infantry and combat. Plus, the benefits for school, insurance, training, etc. are excellent. It's a viable option for many people... it certainly was for me.

  8. NJDebbie Says:

    Jerry, thank you for your input on the military option. Of course, my husband and I are apprehensive about the military mainly because of deployments to the Middle East, but I also know that it's not always the case. I guess that at this point, I'll just have to give him some time to decide what he is going to do and hope for the best.

  9. PNW Mom Says:

    I am a little late here since I have been gone....but I feel your pain.....my dd1 is a sophmore in college and dd2 is a junior in hs......time IS flying by....sometimes I too wish I could turn the clock back....

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