Friday, August 29, 2008


I said it before and I’ll say it again because the first time was just for practice. The nest is EMPTY. It is really official this time. D2, as already discussed in great detail, is settled into college life six hours away. D1 called today to tell us she has accepted a job. Not just a job but a job three states and twelve hours away! Why does that make the nest seem even emptier. OK, I’m done pouting. My Harley Stud and I are thrilled for her. She is so excited, she can hardly contain herself. She is (as far as I’m concerned) North Carolina’s newest and best social studies teacher!

She has accepted a position to teach 6th grade social studies, a subject about which she is passionate. The subject is quite appropriate for her. Besides her degree in psychology, she has a lifelong interest in history nurtured by roadtrips that included American History Brain Quest Games, naming state capitals and watching An American President with her mother a gazillion times. What? The movie isn’t real? Blasphemy!

My baby who was able to recite the pledge of allegiance by the age of 22 months (I swear, I have video) My little girl who had her first lesson plan in her head long before she even decided to pursue a career as an educator. Yep, that’s what she is: an educator. WOW! Watch out North Carolina. The sixth grade will never be the same!



Nanny Goats In Panties said...

Growing up and moving out of the house is one thing, but growing up and moving way the hell away is another! No wonder you've got that empty next feeling.

Nanny Goats In Panties said...

"next"? What the heck is an empty "next"?
I, of course, meant NEST!

smiles4u said...

Even though I have my two little people, with my youngest leaving the nest this past June to move many states away to college(a good 30 hour drive) leaves me with that empty nest feeling too. Four of my five kids live in other states now. I am happy for each one of them but I am in a constant state of missing them.

My oldest daughter is in her 6th year as a 2nd grade teacher in Florida. I am so proud of her. I have had the blessing of helping out in her classroom when I have gone there for visits and have been witness to what a great teacher she is. Talk about having to fight back tears of pride!

In many ways I was looking forward to the time of having an empty nest so that I could pursue things I hadn't been able to because of being a mom since I was pretty much a kid myself. But, God had different plans for me so here I am being a mommy all over again.

Have a great weekend yourself!

Smart Mouth Broad said...

NGIP - I know, right? But I did it to my parents too so I guess that is the way it's supposed to be. But I don't have to like it.

Smiles - I don't think it's easy to let them go no matter how many you still have in the house. And a teacher in Florida. I wonder if she loves the FCAT as much as I do. NOT.

Thanks to you both for stopping by.

Midlife Slices said...

I will never be an "empty nester". sigh....

Ken said...

I came over from NGIP's page I too am a fan of her's!. I liked your post on the empty nest!

Wait in tell Grand kids arrive!

Sorry I had to give you the heads up! But they are wonderful!!

Jason said...

Good for her! It sounds like she was one of those teachers who was "just born with it."

In teaching, so often, either you have it, or you don't'. There isn't too much in between.

Smart Mouth Broad said...

Midlife Slices - Someday....

Ken - I'm looking forward to grandchildren one day but NOT ready for that title yet. Thanks for stopping by.

Jason - Thank you for your words of encouragement. Her first day was today and she loved it. So far, so good.