Monday, March 23, 2009

Back to the empty nest

The nest is empty. The chick has flown the coop. Wait, is she a robin or a chicken? I think I'm mixing my metaphors. Were those metaphors? The youngest daughter went back to college after a week of spring break and it's just us two old folks left. That's what I'm trying to say.

Is it just me, or does Spring break feel like a national holiday and I wasn't invited? Maybe it's just because one daughter is a student and the other a teacher. But it seems like everyone I know was on a break last week while I worked. It was a nice "break" to have Tessa home for the duration. Cocooning was her spring break plan, and I'd say she did it well. Now I miss her and it hasn't even been 24 hours.

It's such a pleasure to actually like your children. That was always my goal while raising them. Let me be clear - my goal was not to get my children to like me. I think they do now actually enjoy my company, but that wasn't the goal of parenting. I wanted them to learn to be well behaved, to contribute to the family and society in a positive way, to be respectful to others - all in an age appropriate manner. Of course, I also wanted them to learn to think independently, to love learning and books, to be compassionate, to love God.

All that to say, I just like hanging out with my kids.


Cori said...

I like hanging out with your kids too. And you and the uncle.

tessa said...

aawwwwww that was so sweet!! Well you know I think I am a pretty cool kid, and I really like hanging out with you :) The whole transformation from childhood to adulthood has been good to us, I am enjoying this stage in mom Tessa relationship. It's a heck of a lot better than those teenage years!!! ;)

Shari said...

I'm pretty partial to your kids too. They're definitely on my A list for most favored people to spend the day with. You and Mark too. It does amaze me that such cuteness and smartness also wants to occasionally hang out with the old auntie.

Extreme Educators said...

So are we naturally so wonderful or was it our upbringing? Nature or nurture? The eternal question. I'm going to go with nurture on this one. I am so lucky to have 2 parents who not only love me but who also love each other, I think that's one thing that makes me so optimistic about the possibility of a successful marriage- I know it exists! Anywho... well... that's all.