The plight of a "first stage" empty nester is that the nest is not permanently empty. Stage One empty nesters are those with children away at college -- who leave - return - leave - return - leave - return for months - leave.....you get the idea. They are gone, but not really. We like to say they are "still on the payroll" at our house.
We still have 2 on the payroll. And we have one OFF the payroll -- on her own.
Last night was our last night before "empty nest" ....again. Typically we take the kids out to dinner when it's time for them to head back to school. Kind of a farewell and celebration all at the same time! Don't get me wrong...we LOVE having them home (really kids, we do). Truth is, we also kinda like the slow, quiet pace when we are alone too.
And, they like being on their own - out from under our roof.
That's the way it should be.
Dinner out is a sure way we get
their undivided attention for a few hours.
A college student rarely refuses a dinner out.
So we went to one of OUR favorite places
And these two reluctantly smiled - and granted me a few photos.
Since we paid for their dinner and all.
It's a quiet place here at home.
All those years of noise, fighting, crying, diapers, commotion, Sesame Street ---
Over. Poof. Just like that.
"The days went by slow - but the years went by fast"
Side note: While we were waiting for a table at Newt's, an older gentleman looked down at Danae's gold shoes and said to his friend -- "that little lady has gold slippers on". Too cute.