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So what do you do with an empty-nest?


Replies to: So what do you do with an empty-nest?

  • snowballsnowball Registered User Posts: 2,681 Senior Member
    @eastcoascrazy I know you posted a year ago, but do you know that the Heirloom app is shutting down? There is a message on their website about saving your photos before this happens.

  • rockymtnhighrockymtnhigh Registered User Posts: 1,902 Senior Member
    Good for you veruca! I am in my second year at local U taking audit classes and love it.
  • verucaveruca Registered User Posts: 1,137 Senior Member
    Just got home from taking D to college. The empty nest has officially started. I cried as I got in the car -but I am doing OK now. I think an adult beverage may be on for tonight.
  • abasketabasket Registered User Posts: 16,501 Senior Member
    Hugs to you Veruca. One day at a time! For everyone! :) <3
  • BarbalotBarbalot Registered User Posts: 407 Member
    There's a new book called Mrs. Fletcher by Tom Perrotta about a divorced mom whose son is leaving for his first year of college and her experience of the empty nest. I just read the sample available online, and I like it. It alternates between the mom and the aspiring frat boy son, who anticipates lots of partying, but starts to flounder. From reading about it online, I do know the mom, who is a senior center director and in her late 40s, starts getting into Internet porn, so this book may not be for everyone.
  • verucaveruca Registered User Posts: 1,137 Senior Member
    Well that is one way to cope that I hadn't considered ;)
  • shawbridgeshawbridge Registered User Posts: 5,221 Senior Member
    Love the premise. Probably not the most likely path for CC empty nesters, but made me laugh.

    We are now long-time empty-nesters -- our youngest left for college in 2011, I believe. She is now 24 and working as a nurse practitioner and works in a town one and half hours away. She has a boyfriend who lives in our city and drives in most weekends, so we see her every two or three weeks. Our son is Silicon Valley, finishing up grad school and starting his second company. He calls me regularly for business advice -- he calls to report successes as well as to ask for my advice on strategic matters (valuation, first hire, etc.) plus general feedback (name of company) and encouragement. We spend the winter on the west coast and see him about every other week. Plus he had a major surgery last spring and he stayed with us for about three weeks while he was recovering.

    So, while empty, the nest has a few visits and lots of meetings. We were hiking in the Canadian Rockies and met a retired couple who had one kid in Calgary and one kid in Ottawa. When they retired, they moved from the Toronto area to Canmore (a former mining town in the Canadian Rockies) at the advice of both kids -- the Calgarian grandkids come up on weekends and the grandkids from Ottawa come for vacations. We're wondering if we can have a place that enables those visits.
  • verucaveruca Registered User Posts: 1,137 Senior Member
    I had my first classes at vo-tech. Wow things have changed. So much more casual than in my day (almost 30 years ago) Also -technology- how did we manage college without the Internet and phones???
    Cant find your class? pull up the campus map, want to get something really important down ? take a picture of it. Want to find a cheaper textbook? shop or rent online. A total game changer.
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