By the fall of this year my wife and I will be empty nesters, see image for a virtual representation. You see, this year our two youngest sons will be heading off to college… or Katmandu, doesn’t matter. The important thing is there will only be two of us in this small three-bedroom two-bath that was clearly intended for a husband and wife and possibly a dog. Yes, definitely a dog!
After raising four sons to various heights and weights the next phase of our marriage is just beginning. Time to pull out the old tennis racket, start swinging those clubs again (9-irons, not disco. Do they still have disco clubs?), organize a weekly poker night, and travel… travel… travel.
TIME WILL BE ON MY SIDE
But before all that can begin, I need to dust off the to-do list that I began writing all those years ago when I thought this day would never come. Those “someday I’m going to…” chores that won’t really feel like chores anymore because they will not be crammed in between basketball practice and a parent-teacher meeting. Here it is for your reading pleasure, at least I hope it’s a pleasure. The top ten things I will do when the nest is empty:
- Find the floor in my son’s room. Hey, there are my golf clubs!
- Air out my son’s room… fumigate the room… oh, heck, let’s try a controlled burn!
- Leave the remote where I know I can find it.
- Find all my socks, belts, headphones, chargers, razors…
- Cook a meal for two, rather than seven because teens eat so much.
- Dry out the boy’s bathroom. Paint the boy’s bathroom. Let’s see contractors, bathroom remodel.
- Reclaim the family room TV.
- Learn to speak at a normal volume because not everyone wears headphones 24:7.
- Stop singlehandedly supporting the cereal industry.
- Try not to miss them. I’m not crying, it’s the pollen!