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This is the fourth year I’ve taken my kids to sleep away camp.  Now full into their teen years (16/15), they seem to have reached the point where my entertaining them during the lazy summer months is over.  Give them a laptop and Wii and they’re content to spend the days zoning in front of one or the other, that is after sleeping until whenever (an early rise is around 11am). Which is why I’m glad that they go to camp – a forced fresh air and technology free zone.

So, for the fourth year, my husband and I are seeing the distant signs of what it will be like to be empty nesters.  Yes, I have 3 years until my youngest is off to college, but…

The first time they went off, hubby and I looked at each other and thought – now what?  With the world revolving around raising your kids, it’s not that often you get free time, especially an extended amount of it.

Now that we’ve settled into our annual 3 week vacation from parenting, it’s wonderfully relaxing.  Obviously, all the ‘no-things’ are great: NO laundry, NO cooking, NO stray socks/dirty dishes/wet towels/crumbs where they shouldn’t be.  We’re enjoying some ‘relationship’ time that we look forward to and enjoy.

However, the silver lining has a cloud.  We see the beginning of the end of one stage of our lives – the day to day life of parenting.  This is the part of parenting that you don’t realize will affect you until it happens.  While it’s still a few years away, we seem to be going faster down that road.  A 3 week camp stay will morph into a few months away from home for the semester.  Then it will be occasional weekends when they’ll come home for a visit.  All of which is the life of a mom on the inevitable path to having grown children. Sigh.

For today, I’ll sit back and enjoy my 3 weeks off and then embrace them with a vengeance when they come home, thankful for the years I have left before the nest truly is empty.

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