I was chatting with someone yesterday about the transition we have to make as mothers when our kids leave the nest... I think it's one of the most difficult we face in life.
That is, if you like your kids! LOL!
All kidding aside, most of us who are moms LOVE being moms. It's our identity for most of our lives and then POOF, everything changes overnight.
Even for those who were working moms, like me. Being a mom was my primary job. My life revolved around my kids and their many activities. And I loved every minute of it!
We all have unique empty nest experiences and what I found the most surprising for me is that the transition from college to independent living was the most difficult.
When they were in college, we were still very intertwined in their lives. I was lucky to have 2 very chatty girls so we talked almost daily (thank God for the internet!). And they were home for every break and during the summer.
Then they graduated from college... and moved out!!! 😭😭
Now THAT was hard....
I still live for the moments we get to spend together like the one below. (They were my bridesmaids in my 2nd wedding.)
They are still MY EVERYTHING & I cherish the time we get to spend together. But they have their own families and lives to live. And seeing their happiness makes me extremely happy.
But I'm also happy FOR ME because I'm thriving as I begin what Jane Fonda calls the 3rd chapter.
I'm a survivor of the empty nest!!! 🙌🙌🙌
(Do I see a reality tv show in the making?!?! 🤣🤣🤣)