There is a term called empty nest syndrome. I now have that affliction. My only child was born in 1993 and is my pride and joy. He fills my heart with love each day. And since the day he was born, being his “mom” has given me a purpose and a goal each & every day.
Michael is a full time college student here in Gainesville, and he has been with his employer for over two years. I am blessed to have him.
About six months ago, we had THAT talk. The short version was – “Mom, I’d like to spread my wings, and get my own apartment”. Of course I panicked. But, being a worry-wart mom, I helped with advice and guidance. We went shopping and bought stuff. He and three of his friends planned to move into an apartment with 4 bedroom, 4 baths.
Being a Realtor®, I had to go check the place out. I was familiar with condos and neighborhoods in Gainesville – but NOT apartment complexes, so I was very skeptical. This is a big University town after all, and we have all seen the movie “Animal House“.
Things like that made me worry. But, I was pleasantly surprised at how nice the complex is, and I felt reassured he was getting a nice place. I met the other kid’s parents too, and that helped. I did my very best to be supportive and happy for him wanting to start a new chapter in his life.
I’ve always been one of THOSE moms that cried on the first day of school each year. Once he got into college, I should have prepared myself a bit more for the day he would grow-up even more.
It’s been just over a month since he moved out. Our two cats have slept in my room every night since he left. They miss him too.
The house is very quiet now.
There aren’t many things for me to gripe about anymore. No more snack wrappers in the couch, empty soda cans everywhere, dirty bathrooms, or socks laying everywhere. I’m sure the power bill will go down. My grocery bill sure has gone down.
I am so very proud of him, but I miss him.
He calls me or texts me almost daily. He’s a sweetheart for knowing his mom is a worry-wart. I think he is now checking up on me too.
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