My Scrambled Nest

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

When my son came home from the dorm for dinner on Sunday night, I served him a burrito bigger than his head and some frosted pumpkin cookies, handed him a larger-than-normal napkin and told him that we’d be eating in front of the television for a change. His mouth dropped. “Huh? You don’t watch television.” …

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After two days of hiking in the Tetons under sunny skies, my 16-year-old daughter and I left Wyoming just in time last week as a storm blew in, scattering the last of the golden leaves and changing the colorful landscape into a black-and-gray ink sketch. Although our mother-daughter excursion was a delight, we were both …

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  My daughter and I are headed out on a road trip to Yellowstone National Park and Jackson, Wyoming — just days after researchers from Arizona State University predicted that the supervolcano brewing under Lake Yellowstone could erupt sooner than initially thought. Yowza. I’ve been warning both of my kids for years that the supervolcano …

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While my son has been home from college this week for fall break, I’ve played hooky from writing on a few afternoons to take him to lunch, browse the mystery section of his favorite bookstore and shop for a new pair of Vans and hiking boots. Tomorrow, I’m hoping that he and his sister will …

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My perpetually hungry college freshman came home for fall break a few days ago and will be back in his old room until next weekend, sending our food budget into the stratosphere and our cat into a permanent state of confusion. It took almost two months for her to stop yowling at night in my …

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Well, here we are again, surrounded by darkness. I had intended to write a “happy” blog post today about the joy of my son’s artwork, but I can’t find the words. So I’ll save that for another time and simply spill what’s really on my mind: the frightening future that lies ahead for my son, …

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