Friday, July 13, 2007

Mother Hen

One of my little chicks has come home.

Why is it as mothers, that we feel unsettled when all our offspring are not at home? You know what I am talking about; that feeling that something is off, not quite right.

We can even enjoy their absence for a little while. It is nice to have time alone just as man and wife. But still it's there under the surface, that feeling.

Is this what I have to look forward too when my kids go off to college? Get married? Have their own kids?

I wonder if it will ever feel normal to have my kids away, or do empty nester's just get used to that unsettled feeling and live with it.

Don't get me wrong, I love my husband and we have great plans for when we are alone again, but being alone after kids is so much different than being alone before you had kids.

It really is like a little bit of your heart and soul is out there walking around in the world, exposed.

I can't wait for B to come home tonight. The SR Highers stay one night more than the JR highers.

Tonight I will sleep the sleep of the settled. The sleep of a mother hen whose chicks are all presented and accounted for.

1 comment:

Jenny in Ca said...

you are so right, we do feel unsettled when are little ones are not around.

glad you have them back!