Preparing for an
Empty Emptier Nest
“At first you go bankrupt slowly, then all at once.”
–Mark Twain, F. Scott Fitzgerald, others.
Somehow, the quote above seems to (also) describe the experience of preparing for the imminent departure of our 18 year-old for college in California this Fall.
It creeps up slowly . . . then is upon you all at once (interestingly, that’s also how skydivers describe the rapidly approaching ground).
Two more signs: 1) you — as in, the airplane ticket-buying-parent — need to buy one less ticket returning than outbound for the trip to school in September; and 2) the roundtrip ticket home for Thanksgiving isn’t “MSP – SFO” . . . it’s “SFO-MSP.”