Things have now come full-circle at the FIRE Station as our son left the house this morning for his first day of ‘professional’ work. He just finished his third year of college and has a summer job / internship working at a software company.
It used to be that he was the kid goofing off in the summer while I went to the office, but now I our positions have flipped. While he is at the office tomorrow, I’ll be out enjoying the sunshine. I’ve been joking that “it’s about time someone in this house had a job, since I’m not going back to work!”
Saying “in this house” is a bit of a stretch as he has only been home for the weekend and is just waiting until the first of the month to move into his new apartment. It’s a big week for him, and a significant step toward independence.
Soon, he’ll be making good money with his computer science degree, living off-campus with three of his buddies, and have my wife’s old car as transportation. While he has one year of college left, it still seems like instant adulthood.
It will be a lot of change for Mrs. Fire Station and myself, too. I often tell people that you can’t realistically plan lifestyle decisions for a 30+ year retirement. A span that long will be broken into many chapters – each with its own interests and priorities. For us, true ‘Empty Nesterhood’ is quickly arriving.
This will be the first time in 22 summers we haven’t had our son at home – which will be quite different for us. While we will miss having him home, it also gives us a bit more flexibility. The more responsibility he takes for himself, the less responsibility we need to have.
The good news is that he will still be close by and we have a lot of plans already made for the summer, including a July vacation to California that we are all looking forward to. It seems that as families make the jump from kids at home to kids that are adults, travel is one of the ways that they stay together.
What do you enjoy / are looking forward to in ‘Empty Nesterhood’?
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