According to Merriam-Webster, the word empty nester was first used in 1958.
noun | empty nest·er | \-ˈne-stər\
Definition of Empty Nester
:a parent whose children have grown and moved away from home
Empty Nest Life
Life as an empty nester is full of transitions. When that last child heads off to college or graduates high school and moves out when they find a job, you become an empty nester. But, like it or not, they may come back. So, you get that status and then they move home for a month during winter break, and they move home for the summer between semesters. You welcome them back, usually along with a lot of their possessions that don’t ever find a nice and tidy place to reside. Most of it ends up in their room, if you’re lucky. It took me a long time to learn not to even enter the hallway that leads to their room. It’s not worth the stress. It will be in a constant state of turmoil, until they leave again.
Now that my youngest daughter has graduated from college and is moving far away from home, I officially feel like an empty nester. I’ve lived the life of an empty nester on and off over the past 4 years. But now….this is real. Their lives are also full of transition during these early adult years, so, I’m not going to pretend that they might not come to live at home in the future.
Come and join me on this journey as we find our new normal as empty nesters.