Rethinking "The Empty Nest" by Jane @ The Elizabeth Company
I remember when our sons first moved out and my husband and I had the house all to ourselves. I felt like I had become a teenager again. I could dress and walk around the house in whatever state I wanted to. I could buy fewer groceries, pay lower utility bills, cook less food, worry less about if the heat or air was off when we left the house on trips. . .
I confess to not being ecstatic when one then another of my three sons moved back in. But you know; I've had a change of heart. They are both perfect gentleman. They pay rent (that's a biggie!). They, along with my husband, are a lot of fun. They're not the best housekeepers, but then I'm not either. They are our sons who are also our roommates, fellow church members, and we're all on the same team. When I look at it that way, I'm happy to be sharing space with them.
There was a time when parents could keep the nest empty for the rest of their lives when grown children left the house. With the economy the way it is; with college degrees being equivalent to nothing more than pretty paper in some majors; with the need to be close to someone in the time of trouble - there are several folks my age who share the house with their grown children. It's really a pretty nice thing, for the most part.
Jane is a Facilitator at The Elizabeth Company, a media and publishing company. Visit the site, especially TEC Wisdom to enjoy quotes of the day and a daily online Bible reading http://www.theelizabethcompany.com/tec-wisdom.html
About: The Elizabeth Company is a Christian Media Publishing Company and Ministry. The mission of The Elizabeth Company is threefold: 1) To give glory to our Lord from whom all beauty, creativity, inspiration and good things flow, 2) To create opportunities to share the gospel with as many as possible both in person and online, and 3) to encourage others to live out their God-given reality and purpose. The Elizabeth Company website features a daily blog, TEC Wisdom quotes, God-inspired books and art for purchase to provide needed resources to several Evangelistic Ministries.Back to Blog | Add to Buddy List