Tag: empty nest

Halloween Costume Memories

Halloween

Autumn is no doubt one of the best times of year.  There are crafts with the kids, making leaf piles and jumping in, corn mazes, carving pumpkins, and hot apple cider with cinnamon sticks. Then there’s the making fun goodies for the class fall parties and the hunt for costumes for that deliciously fun holiday, Halloween.  All of my such wonderful memories are very well preserved and documented in scrapbooks that are now gathering dust.

My two wonderful daughters with whom all these memories were made are now 18 and 22- one in college and the other getting married in a couple of months.  Interestingly, even though they don’t thumb through the old scrapbooks, they remember in detail each costume they wore and the process of coming to the decision of what they wanted to be for Halloween that year.  And I remember taking their vision and creating a costume on a shoestring budget.  (more…)

Packing for an Empty Nest Vacation

Vacation.  Spending quality time with family, touring exciting cities, hiking new mountains and tasting new foods are all images that are conjured up when I think of a vacation.   I love just about everything about a vacation-no dishes to clean, no beds to make, no laundry to wash, no time schedule that needs to be adhered to and the list could go on and on.Notre Dame Paris with my girls

But the idea of getting there is what stops me dead in my tracks.  I panic at the mere thought of having to pack. Procrastination sets in and I can’t seem to even decide which suitcases to bring.  Then my mind flashes forward to time in the airport trying to provide entertainment and supervising the numerous trips to the bathroom or nagging about an ipod that’s too loud or feet bumping against my seat.   But wait! It suddenly hits me like a ton of bricks:  I’m going on this trip sans children.  Images of me peacefully reading a novel and drinking hot coffee (not lukewarm after waiting in line for everyone’s coffee and bagel orders) while waiting for my plane immediately come to mind.

This very moment I feel a sense of loss.  (more…)