Sunday, September 9, 2007

It doesn't feel right...Kids out of the nest

It just doesn't feel right. I don't like sitting down to dinner with that empty chair across the table from me. It's really hitting me. My son, Joseph left for college just last week end. I am very proud of him. He's worked so hard at his studies and community service. But, why does he have to grow up so fast?

It's so true that our kids are on loan to us. Parents help them to form their consciences and raise them in virtue; steering them to the straight and narrow path that leads to Heaven.

I've been talking with a lot of parents lately about missing their kids. One Mom told me that she thinks she needs some "serious counseling!" She doesn't like her son out of the house so much embarking on his career after high school. Another Mom told me the other day that she cried for a couple of weeks before her son left for college because he was the last one leaving the nest. She added that he just recently called home to ask her a laundry question.

What's your back-to-school story?


Carey said...

My story isnt at the empty nest stage, but Im not looking forward to it. I did however have a moment last week, when my son who is three(and my youngest) spent the night at my moms, and that evening, i had an empty feeling in me that was so different than i have ever felt. It was very lonely, and it kind of scared me. You are in my prayers as you go through this new stage.

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Hi Carey,

Yes, we Moms are very attached, aren't we? That's a good thing for sure. It's tough to separate, but we do as our children go through the various stages of development. No one ever said that it would be easy! :)

Thanks so much for sharing your feelings, Carey. And thanks for the prayers!

Elizabeth said...

My back-to-school story is very much like yours this year. My son Michael left for college this month, too. and I'm finding unexpected holes in the fabric of our family life, right alongside the ones I've expected. Who knew it would hurt so much, feel so strange? I am holding fast to the hope that there are unexpected joys soon to come as well.This passage offers much cause to pray and reflect. I'm praying for you and Joseph!

Donna-Marie Cooper O'Boyle said...

Hi Elizabeth,

Thank you for sharing your story. Thank you very much for your prayers. My heart goes out to you, too! I will keep you and Michael in my prayers. Don't they seem so young for this?! :) There will be unexpected blessings, Elizabeth. But, for now, we have that big HOLE in our family's tapestry. It's tough to push our children forth but we do it with with God's blessings and continued prayers. Don't worry, they'll be back. :) Joseph is my fourth child going off and you never get used to it as aa Mom! It's great to feel the strength of another Mom praying. We are all in this together...this journey toward Heaven.

Thanks again!
God bless,