It’s officially over.
My girls have returned to college.
The house is quiet.
The bedrooms are clean.
The junk food is tossed.
Tonight will just be dinner for two.
My house feels like one of those deflated Snowman decorations at Christmas time.
You know, the ones that stand all puffy and bright at night, and then collapse into a big heap at the end of the night?
It’s not a bad thing.
It just takes some getting used to.
So to cheer myself up today, I’m going to list some of the things I won’t miss…
(Brace yourselves girls.)
- “Dance Moms” blaring from the TV. Who invented this show and what is wrong with them? Who wants to watch a loudmouthed dance teacher yell at pretty little ballerinas and make them cry? And who cares about all the melodramatic mothers that like to fight with each other? The minute I hear those screeching voices in my house, I cringe, complain and ask, “Why do you watch this show?” Well, now that you’re away at college, watch away girls. Fill your minds with that uplifting, educational program all you want. I will thoroughly enjoy never hearing those carping voices again…until Christmas, at least.
- “Criminal Minds” marathons. I admit I’m fascinated by crime solvers, and enamored with Hotchner, Derek, Reid and Garcia, but watching shows about sick, twisted murderers for hours on end can be disturbing. And you know the addiction has gone too far when you accidentally come across a quiz online that says, “Find out which Criminal Minds character you’re most like,” and you take it. Just for the record, I’m most like Spencer Reid, who is a genius, just saying.
- Sweet Frog frozen yogurt runs. Okay, I really will miss these little outings but it’s time to stay away from that place. A woman my age can only have so much pomegranate or strawberry yogurt with bits of fruit and even bigger bits of candy.
Now that I’ve reminded myself of what I won’t miss, I’m feeling a bit more cheery.
So, now, I think I’ll erase all the programs from the DVR that I don’t like.
I’ll gaze at the carpet in the bedrooms that I haven’t seen all summer.
And, I’ll dream of going to the beach in a few weeks while both of them are hitting the books.
I’ll get by just fine, you’ll see.
Being an empty nester has its good points.
I loved summer 2012, and I’ll miss having a full, busy house.
But when I have those lonely moments, I’ll reread this list and make myself feel better.