Sunday, January 11, 2009

Okay, I'm Ready To Get Back To The Empty Nest.... As Of Like Yesterday

Well, this has been the holiday season that just keeps on giving! First, our daughter came home from Los Angeles for the holidays with a broken bone and a blood clot in her leg. She was pretty much house bound for the nineteen (Yes, 19) days she was here, so we really got to see more of her than we'd ever hoped for. As much as I love that wonderful girl, I was ready for her to go home when the doctor finally allowed it. I mean reeeally ready. (I love you Honey! Really!) To SD's credit... She did clean out bags full of *stuff* from her bedroom and bathroom while she was here.


Can you tell I've adjusted beautifully to the *Empty Nest Syndrome*?



Our son was only here for a few days at Christmas but promised he'd be back in January. He came in from Austin last Wednesday and it's just so great to see him doing so well. However, he still hasn't started back to St. Edward's Univ. yet, so he had some spare time on his hands. He came in three days after our daughter left. He also brought his adorable 15 month old Pit Bull Terrier with him. Can you see me smiling through clenched teeth tears of joy? No, you can't. Yes you can.


He assured me that his precious little girl puppy was well behaved and would not do anything bad out in the yard................... Uh-Huh. She doesn't dig holes. Uh-Huh. She doesn't tear things up. Uh-Huh. She doesn't stand at the door and whine. Uh-Huh. Right. Gotcha. At this moment my backyard looks like it was hit by a hurricane. And a tornado. Simultaneously. And, they got into a brawl while in my backyard.


I have no earthly idea what his room looks like. The dog sleeps in there with him every night. I am so afraid to look, much less catch a whiff. However, I've decided not to look until he leaves Tuesday. Sterling idea, don't you think? I wouldn't want to have to hurt our son before he leaves. Honestly, I do want him to come back. Someday. Maybe. Just not too soon after I see the condition of his room.


I can't say any more about this without kind of going all nutsy. For right now at least. Just suffice it to say that I hope my grandchildren turn out to be better behaved than my grand-dog. Please God, hear my prayer. I'm down on my knees begging You.


Can you tell I've adjusted beautifully to the *Empty Nest Syndrome*?


Just six short years ago I cried when I left our daughter at college for her Freshman year. Guess What? Faded Memory. Just two short years ago I moved our daughter and her roomie out to California. I bawled like never before when I left her. Guess What? Another faded memory. She yelled at me in her car on the way to take me to the airport because she didn't want me to cry. She had a job interview..... So I began to weep openly in front of complete strangers as she peeled away from the curb with a screech. Guess What? Yup, another faded memory.


I cried every time our son left too. Guess what? More faded memories.


The last time I whined to a friend about how much I miss the kids, she said "Let me ask you this. Would you want them back home living with you again?" I answered "Good God, No!" She started laughing and said "Good. Then get over it!" I did just that.


I need my space back and I haven't even had time to put away the Christmas decorations yet. I've got piles and piles of laundry. Then there's the issue with the backyard. *SIGH*




Can you tell I've adjusted beautifully to the *Empty Nest Syndrome*?

24 comments:

brneyedgal967 said...

LOL - this post sounds like something my mother would write. You'll have to take pics of Son's room if it's a complete tornado with piles of pit bull poo everywhere, chewed up furniture, holes in the carpet from the dog digging - yeah, I'm picturing the worst right along with ya. You're welcome. LOL

Flea said...

Sounds like your daughter has cleared a room for you to use as the stomping ground for your new Mme Alexander collection. :)

Vodka Mom said...

LOL!! Do they REALLY leave? FOR GOOD?
Don't go getting my hopes up.

Vodka Mom said...

LOL!! Do they REALLY leave? FOR GOOD?
Don't go getting my hopes up.

Living on the Spit said...

By the time you get everything back to the way you want it, they will both be back to visit more!

Marlene

Cathy M said...

I always thought that empty nest syndrome was overdone. I like to think that their being able to move out and on their own was a sign of a job well done. Now, I'm free, free.

Mental P Mama said...

Lord. Have. Mercy. Pit Bull???

The Incredible Woody said...

I'm with you - I like my space too:)

asthmagirl said...

If any of my progeny adopted a pit bull and brought it for a visit, the Brute Squad would go nuts.

My oldest has two Basset Hounds that are very sweet and the Squad is ready to slaughter them when they come over for their Christmas portrait in front of the tree!

I don't know if all my kids will every move out. I'd be happy just to get down to one!

Heather said...

After two weeks of winter break with my kids, MIL, and husband in my house I had one thing to say: My people need to go back to wherever my people go during the day!

Snooty Primadona said...

His little girl is as sweet as she can be, really. But our cat Trouble has had a ridge of hair standing up along her back for the duration of their stay.

Mr. Snoots & I have been impressed with how well he handles her and she worships the ground he walks on.

Buddha's Place said...

LMAO, I cannot wait for the day that I can clean my house and it stays that way...the car...oh gawd I cannot wait. Honestly I do love them, but they are pigs.

Treasia said...

I'm looking forward to and dreading the empty nest syndrome myself. Huge parts looking forward to it. Once I clean the house it would stay that way. I can't imagine what that would be like.

Snooty Primadona said...

Don't worry ladies! Your hubby will be around to make enough messes for you, trust me.

;-)

Pleasing Procrasinator said...

I was just glad to see the two older girls and Cookie go back to their normal daily routines. I never realized how much I value my time with just Peepers. I don't even have a clue what it is like not having at least one person in my space.
As for the house, it will probably not be in a mess free state for at least another 15yrs..Argh!!!

Blarney said...

Yeah, I'm counting down the days despite telling my kids to stop growing this weekend. One minute I want them to stay little forever, the next I'm ready for them to move out along with all their little toys. Gotta love life and all it's curve balls.

Snooty Primadona said...

Did I mention the dog's poopies are like the size of dinosaur poopies? Well, they certainly seemed like it when I stepped in one the other night with my NEW suede boots on....

The wife said...

I can't even let my brain think about that kind of mess right now! I've still got Christmas decorations up all over the place because Baby Girl won't leave me alone long enough to get them down!! Thank Goodness MMO starts back on Wednesday!

Thanks for the kind words regarding my site. Being new in the industry (it's been over a year, but I still feel very new because I'm being extra cautious about taking on too much at once) I am always wanting to learn new things and find a better way to do things. I'm like you worried about the cross contamination of mixing my business world with my personal--that's why the post will be going down in a day! Cross your fingers and hope I didn't mess up by putting it on there!

beth said...

We are supposed to adjust to this empty nest syndrome we are all experiencing?! I thought everyone was supposed to adjust around us!

sista #2 said...

Snoots....Have you adjusted well?




peace
#2

The Incredible Woody said...

I'm doing the LiveStrong Challenge in October in Austin. I will be attempting to ride 100 miles while raising money in memory of my mother, who lost her battle with cancer 25 years ago this year. I would LOVE to meet a fellow blogger while I'm in TX!!

BJ Roan said...

I know exactly how you feel. Daughter didn't really move out until she turned 27 and had to move in with her husband. I thought that girl would never leave. Of course, I cried when she walked down that aisle, but I wonder, were they tears of joy? I'm thinking, yes.

noble pig said...

Oh that's funny...I'm sure you appreciate them when they are home now which is nice. Yes, don't go in the room...it's not worth it.

Janie said...

That puppy's dang cute. I mean Snooty Son.
The dog's cute, too.

Man. I'm glad she didn't get into your Christmas stuff, it would have been a wreck. I could just see her diving into that ottoman with all the balls on it.

My dogs would think those were their toys!

 

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