My Scrambled Nest

An Almost-Empty Nest Journey of "Letting Go" With Laughter and Love, By Cathy Free

    On a rainy June day after my son was born following a 22-hour labor, a nurse came in to my hospital room, complimented me and my husband on the Mozart chamber music flowing from our CD player and told us that ours was the only room on the floor where a television wasn’t …

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A couple of days ago, I took my son grocery shopping to replenish the supplies he’d bought and eaten the day before. Multiply a 19-year-old young man’s appetite by four and you can see why he and his roommates are continually putting out “SOS” signals for snacks to supplement their college meal plans. Not that …

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MOM (texting a photo): “Raspberry muffins, hot from the oven. Mmmmmm.” SON: “Yay! Cool!” MOM: “So this is your ‘batch.’ They smell heavenly. Want a few?” SON: “Yes! Save them for tonight. Season finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ is on. Coming for dinner. Bringing my laundry, OK?” MOM: ❤️

It’s been a week since my son moved into his new college dorm, and now that he’s discovered the joy of having freedom from his parents, I’ve barely heard from him. Tonight, though, I figured out how to get a response when I texted him a snap of some freshly-baked muffins: SON (texting immediately): “What? …

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From the “life is good” department: Two days after my son moved out, I dropped by his dorm because he requested a basting brush to “properly” coat sandwiches with olive oil for the panini press that I bought for him and his three roommates as a “dorm warming” gift. I met the two roommates I …

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August 17th was the day my son packed up the last of his favorite mystery novels, hugged the cat and lugged his concert bass out to his friend’s Subaru so that we could move him to the University of Utah to pursue a degree in chemistry. Between him moving out and our nation under siege …

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