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Sunday, October 02, 2005

Empty Nest

"Remember when your babies were completely dependent on you? It seems like yesterday. But now they’re on their own and you’re alone. No screaming kids, no messes to clean up — the silence is deafening. When children grow up and move out, many parents face an extreme sense of loss and change in identity. Being pro-active about the transition can move you toward acceptance of this new season of life. It’s a great time to rediscover your spouse. Exciting possibilities accompany the second half of life."

My little sister moved out of my parents house yesterday. This is the first time in almost 35 years that my parents have the place totally to themselves. I am very, very afraid!

Here are some suggestions for my mum and dad so that they do not kill each other:

1. Since my sis never seemed to vacuum her room - ever - they can spend quality time together cleaning.

2. Start a project to convert sis's bedroom into - a sewing room, artist studio, at home gym, yoga sanctuary, panic room - the possibilities are endless.

3. Sell this house - (Do you really need 4 bedrooms now?) get something smaller and buy a cottage near a lake. And a speed boat and jet skis and snow mobiles.

4. Travel the world - alone or together.

5. Take in borders - kind of like a bed and breakfast - without the breakfast.

6. Adopt new kids.

7. Two words - Hot Tub!!

8. Give dad assignment to turn said bedroom back into screened patio. (That'll keep him busy!)

9. Convert the room into a disco - make some money. Dad can learn how to deejay and scratch a disc. Mum can tend bar.

10. Turn the room into a love nest - hang vines from ceiling. Play - me tarzan, you jane. Oh, wait - BAD idea!!

11. Duel sensory deprivation chambers. You can completely tune each other out.

12. Start your own blogs.


  • Wow, my older sis moved out of my folk's place just last month...again (after being there a year, with the husband and one, then two kids).
    Empty nest seems to be happening later and later.
    I like the idea of matching sensory deprivation tanks.
    "Enhance your calm!"

    By Anonymous Logo, at 8:30 PM  

  • tee heee, start your own blogs.........go for it!

    By Blogger lime, at 9:48 PM  

  • Limey - thanks for 9 - 11!

    Called the house today - sis answered - wtf!! She has no cable yet!!! Had to watch Red Sox!!!

    By Blogger snavy, at 10:31 PM  

  • yw snav ;) maybe your parents could sell tickets to the game?

    By Blogger lime, at 6:40 AM  

  • lol, my mom's still clinging to the fact that I live in a dorm, which isn't techincally out of the house since I don't techincally have a place of my own yet. I'm not sure what out-of-state grad school is going to do to her :\

    By Blogger Cricketina, at 11:07 AM  

  • You forgot to mention cook together, If your dad is like mine in the kitchen, the house will burn down, they can collect the insurance money then buy something smaller with the appropriate guest room/cottage/boat/jet ski/lake thing happening

    vroomm Vroom brrrrrrrrmmmmmmmm....

    Just practicing for my Seattle Bus Driver Test

    By Blogger The Village Idiot, at 11:47 AM  

  • Great suggestions for them! A panic room could be very handy.

    By Blogger bsoholic, at 5:23 PM  

  • three words ... hot tub naked

    By Blogger Thomcat, at 6:13 PM  

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