But I must admit, as prepared as I thought I was for the empty nest...I'm feeling a tad bit blue this morning.
I've known this weekend was coming--I've been preparing for it for the last 18 and 20 years (our son's a freshman, our daughter's a junior). I've said I was looking forward to a quiet and CLEAN house. To not having to go shopping three times a week and to not cooking (sorry honey, but if you're reading this my cooking days are over...at least until after this next deadline
But the house is so quiet. Even Jack is conked out at my feet, sleeping away. Oh wait, the grandfather clock just chimed, so there's something. But this is what all those years of parenting are for, right? So that when they're old enough to go, they know how to leave us. To live "without" us. I'm just surprised at how quickly all those years have flown. Ah well...I'll break out the baby albums later this afternoon, I'm sure. But for now...
I need to get to work. The first draft of From a Distance is due in two weeks and I have a ways to go yet. Oh wait---
My cell phone's ringing. It's my daughter!
We just spent the past fifteen minutes chatting. She called just to check in and to tell me how things are going. She's having fun, meeting people, and getting settled in. And yes! The topic of money did come up! LOL! And she gave me an update on her brother, saying that all is well. Maybe he'll text me later on...
I'm off to grab another Diet Dr. Pepper and one of those 100 calorie bags of popcorn. I've got a quiet house and the day before me to write.
Maybe having them off at college isn't so bad after all. ;)