My house is emptying out faster than rats on a sinking ship.
(Excuse the metaphor-- I love my sons and don't mean to imply that there is anything rat-ish about any one of them, although they do like to sleep in the dark-dark, have a fondness for cheese and an uncanny ability to scrounge for food.)
Anyway, back to my boys all leaving me.........
Addison is living in Ogden going to Weber State.
Truman is living in Logan going to Utah State.
Landon is living in Salt Lake, working at an Elementary school, trying to get back into school.
I remember being crazy just last March with a house full of five grown men all taking up space. Space that didn't feel so crowded just a few years earlier with little bodies, but now was claustrophobic.
We had......Too much laundry, too many gallons of milk, not enough hot water or shower time, too many size 10, 11, 12 and 13 shoes kicked off just inside the back door, so many dishes in the sink.
Now it's gone.
From 7 to 4 in a blink of an eye.
I'm an almost empty nester.
(You can tell you are living in Utah when having only 2 kids at home feels like an empty nest. )
I kind of got teary loading Truman up with food for his dorm room. I got choked up a bit as I was getting Landon to take the left over roast from Sunday, so he would have some protein to eat this week while he waits for a much needed pay check to come. I did cry as we drove away from Addison's house after dropping off his bed and the last of his things from his down stairs bed room.
Wow....everyone is growing and moving forward. My parenting is moving to a new level as well....I can suggest, but they are adults, and will do what they want anyway.
I mentioned this sadness to a friend of mine. She thought I was nuts.
She said , "Enjoy it while it lasts...they always come back!"
Now, for a little while anyway, all I have to pester and parent is Monson and Laila.
I'll ENJOY that!