Okay, I confess. I embraced the Empty Nest concept a little more readily than my husband. A little more joyfully than anyone I know for that matter. Empty Nesta Fiesta was my mantra! Taking back over the house, owning all my free time, and living without a need for a schedule around meals (cereal or popcorn for dinner!) is something I took to quite naturally. I love having two fully grown sons, and found it especially easy to celebrate the empty nest while I still had one in college.
All that has changed. As of August, Harrison graduated from college. He has moved back home with an engineering degree in hand and I am certain he will find a job even as he frets. We are having a brief interruption from the empty nest status and I find myself enjoying this hiatus with as much or more zeal than before. It’s so much fun having a son home for lunches and dinners. One who eats everything I place in front of him and tells me how good the grilled pb&j sandwich is. That this smoothie is even better than yesterday’s, and that the broccoli is excellent. Harrison has always been a hearty and an appreciative eater but I had forgotten how much that tickles the cook.
There’s a little more joy in my hearth these days. Sometimes Harrison’s girlfriend Aubrey joins us and then we are four. We had a sneak preview of this fuller life when Aubrey lived with us for a couple of months this summer after she graduated and landed a job in this area. What a delight to have a roommate, and one of the female variety was especially a treat, and a new experience for us. It’s true I did not cook or even act much like a hostess because it was my busy season when I barely touch home base. But still……it was nice to have her. She has found an apartment and Harrison is back in his childhood room applying for jobs and building a paver patio on our house after a failed contractor left the site earlier this summer. (Secretly I am hoping he doesn’t find a job before the patio job is finished.)
Contentment is a nice feeling to rest in. Maybe precisely because I know it will not last long, I find myself savoring the time together. And our family room converted to an empty nest lounge still gets plenty of use!