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.”

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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