Saturday, October 20, 2007

Empty Nest

Last night we took the ferry ride together, my youngest son and I, all the way to CT.

It's been a long time since any of my children spent a whole weekend with me, usually they are too busy to come out and visit so we just get together during the week. (I work on Long Island, NY and live way up north in CT.)

At first it was shocking to hear the words, "Mom", interposed in consecutive sentences as we sat across the booth from each other. It was a shock that reminded me of days long ago when I would be lost in thought as I was doing my chores and I would be interrupted by being summoned by one of my children, "Mom, Mom", I would hear. And then I would cast my eyes downward to answer back only to be shocked that in front of me stood a grown teenager, taller than me. "When did he/she grown that tall?", I would think to myself.

That kind of shock is what I am talking about.

I've been insulating myself out here in the woods. It's good though; my children are grown and since we've all gone our separate ways (6 months ago) I see good changes in their maturity.

I've just forgotten how much I miss being their mother....and hearing myself be called, "Mom" in person.


Nadine said...

I so agree with that. I have grown children also who are living outside the home. I do miss hearing them stand in front of me calling me "ma."

I'm glad you had a good time with your son. I pray that it happens more often.

Dawn said...

I still look every time I heard someone say "Mom" out in public - and now "Grandma". We never outgrow these roles.

nancygrayce said...

I still turn my head! And if a child's voice says "nana" I turn too! The empty nest is good, but it is nice to have a visit with the little chicks after they have flown!

Looney Mom said...

How nice to spend time with your adult children that way. I can't even imagine right now what it will be like when all my children are gone. I'm sure I won't have time to think about it too much since the grandkids have already started to come!