Monday, December 15, 2008

The Empty Nest

Yearning for some me time, I found a moment to two tonight to post a photo taken on our drive home from New Jersey two weeks ago. At one of the rest stops along our travels, I found this empty nest once filled with new baby birds. It made me sad to see it now exposed for everyone to see.
And then I got to thinking how traumatic it was when our first born left for college. After leaving the college campus, my husband and I pulled off the road and we both cried uncontrollably for a good 15 minutes. Our baby left left our nest. Our home would never be the same.
That baby girl turns 32 years of age today. She is a married woman and a new mother with a terrific family of her own. Her nest is just beginning to expand.
Happy Birthday, Erika!
Love,
Mom & Dad

6 comments:

Debra (a/k/a Doris, Mimi) said...

Happy birthday, Erika!

Yes, it's sad that our babies grow all too fast and leave the nest, but it's nice when they don't fly too far away from us. We're more fortunate than some friends I know. At least our grandchildren are close and we may see them whenever we want.

Mauigirl said...

Happy birthday to your wonderful daughter!

Mental P Mama said...

Happy Birthday Erika! Don't talk about empty nests around me. I am dreading it horribly.

Jeannelle said...

A beautiful, meaningful photo. I've been seeing many exposed nests around here now, too. Its hard to have kids grow up and move on, but that's what is supposed to happen.....we parents adjust somehow.

Country Girl said...

I see nests like this everywhere now with all the leaves gone, but this one is especially pretty because of the little red berries! I can't believe you have a 32 year old!! Congratulations! And what an adorable grandchild.

Sue said...

Hi Deb...first your grandbaby is adorable. And we both had the same leaving the daughter at college experiance...Only slightly different. We took our Heather 1,000 miles away to Ithaca, N.Y. as a new mid-year student she was to start in January instead of September. So we dropped her off during the blizzard of 94'. No one was back from Christmas break yet and there she was like an orphan standing on the curb in the snow infront of her dorm waving goodbye.....the husband in tears like you wouldn't believe and then I said those terrible words....."Quick, pull away before she changes her mind"....I still feel bad to this day....She just turned 33 and she has a new baby as well...thank goodness we can laugh about it today.....