I’m jumping into the Stream of Consciousness Saturday as directed by Linda G. Hill this week. Her prompt is empty/hollow and that struck a chord with me right now.
Tomorrow our daughter graduates from college. It seems like only yesterday we were driving her up to live in the dorms as a freshman. She has absolutely astounded us by handling everything in regard to this college experience on her own. All she asked us to do was sign the papers, attend the orientation and help her move up. We never helped her decide which classes to take or check on her to make sure she was doing her homework.
For a brief minute we were “empty” nesters. I took over her bedroom as my scrap room and we had a friend of ours move in to the other “empty” bedroom. Now that she is graduating, she will be returning home to live until she decides what she wants to do with her degree. She is going through a lot of different emotions now and I can’t help her with any of them, other than to be a good listener when she wants to share. Mostly she wants a little time to relax from all the “adulting” she’s done for the past four years and that is okay with us.
I’m not/can’t give up my craft room (I’ve accumulated so many supplies there is no other place in our house to put it all) so we’ve had to ask our friend to move out to make room for her return. We’ll have a few days when the room is “hollowed” out so that she can paint it. We will no longer be “empty” nesters and that’s okay with us.