My contemporaries often talk about their grown children moving back home after college due to the job market and low pay. However, I’ve never had an “empty nest”. My son chose to work instead of going to college, and now he has a great career where he actually earns quite a bit of money. He however, has told us that he plans to never move out. But, at the ripe old age of twenty-six, it’s more than time for him to leave. Make no mistake, I love him dearly, however, he really needs to get out and live life on his own.
Ah, what a rant! Our daughter is another story. She’s stayed at home to go to college on-line, and will be graduating in August. She helps with the housework, cooks dinner sometimes, and is usually quite sweet. We have no drama, etc. with her. She works by babysitting, dog-walking and creates content for a web-site related to her area of studies. Her plan is to stay at home for a year after graduation, and then hopefully go to graduate school in the U.K. She would love to move out, but needs to save as much money as she can.
With all this, I must admit that I’m dreaming of a house of my own. A little french country cottage or a hobbit house would be just wonderful. Think of all the peace and quiet! Family, you can’t live with them, and you can’t live without them!