Empty Nest

@dsrtrose (166)
United States
November 9, 2008 4:18pm CST
My only child has just left the nest to go to Fla. to live with his father who has had minimal participation in his life for the past 16 years. This has come about because I live in rural Arizona and am currently unemployed, and we are barely squeaking by on my husband's pay and tips as a bartender. My son has looked for work for 8 months with no luck. Jobs are more plentiful where he is going and his father and grandparents are more financially able to provide for him at this time than I. But, the overwhelming pain and emptiness is practically unbearable. It has only been two days and I am ready tobring himhome. I know it is hard on him as well as we have always been very close and it is a bad time to leave around the holidays, etc. I am trying to remember that this is best for him, but I do not know if I can stand this pain of him not being in my life every day. Any other moms out ther who have survived similar situations? Any who gave in and brought their child home?
1 response
@Shar1979 (2723)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I feel your pain. If my daughter did that too I would have been stressed out and I'll probably go nuts missing her. I can not judge your son's decision. Maybe he just wants to have a better life. He's been trying real hard to find a job. Maybe he'll find one in Florida.
@dsrtrose (166)
• United States
9 Nov 08
It was more my decision than his. The night he left, he told me he was not ready to grow up yet. Oh how hard it was to be amomand tell him it was time to do so, when I really wanted to say "STAY! please do not go" But, it has to be better there than here.