The children are back in college. Where they belong.
I enjoyed having them home but now that they’re in college, it had a different flavor. From my perspective, it felt like “biding their time,” rather than a summer break. Their activities were clearly in preparation for the upcoming school year.
LD worked 4 different jobs over the course of her break, shopped and enjoyed time with her high school and her college friends. Her decision to perform multiple jobs was designed to keep her busy, for everyday spending, and saving for school expenses. ES was home for a week and spent a lot of his time shopping for clothes for school.
They were in and out; I was in and out. We managed to do and enjoy some activities together. And now they’re back where they belong.
So yes, my house is an Empty Nest. But in a good way. What a delight to watch my children expand their wings, and fly off to new adventures, building their lives.