Empty nest is the description of how it feels to be a parent all of whose children have grown up and left home. They say that this can be a difficult transition in the life of the parents; that may bring forward the emotion of loss or of sadness.
It reminds me of that other transition which I always blog about: retirement. Both are transitions, both can involve profound change that leads to negative feelings. In the case of retirement this is typically a loss of meaning.
But with the empty nest there are clearly some benefits to dwell on:
· The house becomes instantly tidier as there are fewer people to make a mess.
(This is even before the Marie Kondo moment);
· Financially there are fewer dependents in the house;
· The consumption of food in the refrigerator is now controlled by the parents;
· The car belongs to its owners.
Are these benefits enough to outweigh the negatives mentioned above? How do you reconcile these two opposite feelings: missing the children on a daily basis whilst engaging positively with the changes caused by their absence?
These are good questions to ponder.
Retirement: You won’t know what it is like until you get there.