Nancy - posted on 09/30/2013 ( no moms have responded yet )
My youngest son is in his second year of college about 4 hours from home. Our other children are several years older and have careers/spouses/lives that have taken them to far off places (one is in Korea!) I am happy for them and proud of them. My husband runs his own business and works long hours. I was doing okay with the empty nest, immersing myself in volunteer work, friends, and traveling.
A few months ago I suffered a back injury and have been basically homebound with mobility issues and in constant pain. Currently going through treatment, but am often alone and find myself very lonely.
I especially miss my youngest son since he returned to college after summer break. The hardest time of the day for me is around 4pm and through the evening, since that used to be the time Patrick came home from school and we would spend time together (I looked forward to that all day long.)
I guess I am reaching out to moms who are new or experienced empty nesters. I don't want my son to know I'm feeling down, but sometimes I wish he would visit for an occasional weekend. I know he is too busy and I don't resent that. I feel like crying much of the time. I pray a lot about everything. Would be happy for advice.