Last year, she packed up and left, too. Thanks be to Jesus, it was just down the road, but still! I didn't like it.
Everyone said after you got used to it, things would get better. Most said they learned to enjoy having the house to themselves and less responsibility keeping tabs on their young adult children.
I did get a home office out of the deal ... and another closet.
Much as I would love a do-over, empty nesting is not only a natural part of life, but actually should have been the goal all along. We raise our children to fly ...I mean, follow their dreams. It's a good thing when they are ready to face the world on their own.
Meanwhile, back at the home place adjusting is still going on. I have to revamp my recipes and not make so much food. So far, I still haven't mastered mashed potatoes. Mashed potatoes for two just seems wrong! Dad doesn't have to stay up making sure everyone gets home safe before he can lock down the house for bedtime. We watch whatever shows we want. We can go on road trips and not worry about when we should be back. We hardly ever run out of hot water or toilet paper anymore.
But ... the house is so quiet ... I'd rather have the kids back!
What about you? What is the hardest thing you've had to adjust to in your life?
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