We have 5 children, all girls. As they grow up and start to move away, I always struggle with it. When they move away to college, I struggle with it - especially in their 2nd year when they sign a 12-month lease and aren't home very much. In our case our four oldest all went to college within 50 miles of our house, with three of them going to the University of Wisconsin, where I work. So I was able to see them frequently and have lunch with them from time to time.
That actually worked well for us, while I missed them not being home much, we saw them regularly.
But then they eventually graduate and move away. I have to say that I just hate to see them move. I am usually in the dumps for days, even weeks, afterward.
This morning daughter #4 left for Vancouver, British Columbia. Got married last week and her husband will be in a graduate program there for a couple of years. The future looks promising for them.
I am very happy for their success and opportunity. I know Vancouver is a great place and my son-in-law is kind to my daughter.
But today is another struggle with a heavy heart, for the 8th time counting 4 daughters first leaving for college and then moving away.
Daughter #5 is still at home, will be just a sophomore in high school this year. So we are a few years away from being empty nesters. I know there are a lot of positive aspects to that, and frankly in some ways I kinda wish that was our situation as I could really use the reduction in stress and complications. Been raising children for 28 years now and must say that it has been both rewarding and exhausting.
I'm looking forward to riding over the next few weeks and sorting things out. Got to get past the sadness to appreciate the positives.