As a daughter, I’d gotten this simple wonder, and I’d passed through my childhood, with a heart of enjoyment.
As I’d become a daughter-in-law, a mother, I’d worked hard, to learn, for thirty years, it’d been a long and hard journey.
And now, my children worked hard, to study during the weekdays, to work, and on the weekends, they’re busy, dating, and, until their curfews at ten-thirty at night, they’d all flown back to the “nest”.
My husband and I utilized this time of “empty nest”, to go out hiking, to climb, to listen to the birds and the insects call, to chase away that scent of loss and of loneliness.
Last year on Mother’s Day, my daughter made reservations at a restaurant, said she was going to give us a surprise.
Turns out, it was, a huge surprise, their legendary boyfriends showed up together, one was working, one just finished his graduate studies, and was on his way to serve in the army.
They’d called out to us, with this timidness, “Aunt”, “Uncle”.
The first time we’d all met, it was awkward, we were all very nervous, I’d even called them by the wrong names. After I’d downed a glass of lemon water, I’d soothed myself back down some.
As a mother, I’d worried, kept wondering, are my girls’ boyfriends treating them well? Will they get married? Will they love one another until the end of their days together?………
To help me feel more secure, I’d asked them over to the house for supper, had them help with the place settings, and, I’d made my observations in their interactions.
Sometimes, the “working class” carried over a winter melon planted by his parents, rode over on the MRT, he must’ve gotten weird looks from the other passengers I’m sure.
The “one serving in the army” learned that I was rehabilitating in the hospitals, he’d brought over a bag of hand-picked specialty herb on his day off. Even though, my own family owned a Chinese medicine shop, I’d never seen this herb. The stems were covered with pricks, I’m sure, he must’ve had a hell of a time, picking it then? Seeing how the two men are so ordinary and down-to-earth, my husband and I had finally let out a long breather.
Even though, they’re NOT yet sons-in-law, but, they look more and more interesting by the days.
Since, my daughters are engaged in love openly, and happily. My husband and I continued hiking, going out to see the fields, and, my “empty nest” is also filled with a TON of happiness.
And so, this woman chose to use a positive attitude, to deal with her kids leaving, after all, they’re all grown, and had found good men, and so, she’s glad for them, and, she’d filled up her life with hobbies and things she’d enjoyed doing, that, was why she didn’t feel the strains of the empty nest.