MY SHOES HIS SHOES- EMPTY NESTING

Hello beautiful Highlites. I hope everyone is doing great. This weekend my husband and I had the pleasure of attending my sister and brother-in-law's 45th wedding anniversary. It was beautiful.

While standing in line for our food, we over heard a couple discussing their youngest child going into high school and their oldest being in college. The wife expressed how exciting it was going to be when the youngest left home because they would finally have an empty nest.

I told her that in the beginning it was going to be a big adjustment. When our youngest child left home for college, my husband and I looked at each other and said "OK, now what?"

Our lives revolved around our two children since day one, running to and fro sporting events, church programs, all the things parents do with small children. When they left, I tell you we were going through Empty Nest Syndrome, you better believe it. During the week it wasn't as bad because we had our jobs to occupy us. But when the weekend rolled around, it was a big void: The house was quiet since no one was calling "Mom!" or "Dad!"

Our first year of being just the two of us was pretty hard. We really didn't know what to do. We never had to decide what two grown people were going to do, it had always been two grown adults plus two little ones.

But after the first year getting over the initial shock of loneliness,  Oh baby, it was on and popping. We started to Goggle ideas on how to enjoy life. We also started exploring our city, going on grown-up trips. We were like kids in a candy store, only having to look out for us.

We had to reintroduce ourselves to one another. Asking each other what was our likes and dislikes because we hadn't really looked at what we enjoyed in life. And then, appreciating what a big accomplishment we had done getting two people ready to taken on the challenges of the world.

Giving each other a pat on the back and a big high five for doing a pretty good job on something that there is no instructions or how to books on raising children. Now we celebrate our lives as a life-changing event by having fun, living it up, trying new adventures, having dinners with other grown-ups, living high on life, just doing what grown-ups in the Empty Nester's Club do. :)

Getting inked was something we both wanted to do but our philosophy was, we shouldn't say no to them if we're not setting the example, but that was the first thing crossed out on our bucket list. And we have two grandchildren that is the highlight of our lives so we enjoy being Nana and Papa to them, that's the reward.

As we discussed Empty Nest Syndrome with the lovely couple, I thought to myself I'm going to write about that on my blog. Maybe you're going through that right now and if so: just hold on. It's going to get better ,,, and when it gets better, it's going to be great.

So thank you for stopping by and the extra time of reading my long post. See you next time with another great inspiration story. And remember this, YOU ARE NEVER TO OLD TO SET ANOTHER GOAL OR TO DREAM A NEW DREAM!

Debbie Jones