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Empty nester: who will I be without dependent children?

  1. Bonnie says:

    How amazingly vulnerable. Its like our journeys were flipped, and that’s the beauty of mid-life feminism of this era. In your last sentence, I could say the same but flipped – how to prioritize caregiving over career ambitions. Somehow I feel at the end of our lives we would be complete with similar lessons, and the cycles will be complete. I will take your wisdom with me, as I honor my own transition. Much love, Claire!

    • Claire HM says:

      Bonnie – there is certainly an uncanny, mirrored link between the seasons of our lives right now. I love that insight that somehow the cycles will be complete with similar lessons. That’s certainly something to ponder! Thanks so much for reading and your kind words. So appreciated, with love x

  2. Leslie says:

    Lovely article. I am 2 1/2 years away from an empty nest. I wasn’t prepared for the grief that hit when I realized I’d never see/hug my “kid” again. I love the young man my son has turned into, but I’ll always miss his boyhood. His tiny voice, his cuddles.

    I also gave my life to motherhood, more than gladly signing away waking every moment and every bit of my personality to be “mom.” I feel like I’m waking up from an 18 year dream, trying to remember who “I” am and what “I” want out of life, after almost two decades of living/working for the greater good of my family exclusively.

    • Claire HM says:

      Thanks so much for reading and sharing where you’re at in the mothering/ nesting cycle, Leslie. The grief for the younger versions of our children is real! Sending you much love as you journey into the next season of your life and transition into the next version of you x

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