Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Drop-Off Day

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

Drop-Off Day

Article excerpt

Make sure you give yourself a chance to grieve,

A parent handout helpfully suggests.

My last one's gone; I thought she'd never leave.

Children at this stage in life are guests

who have outstayed their welcome. Why deceive

myself, pretend I'm sad when empty nests

are full of possibilities? Why mourn?

I haven't had much peace since they were born.

At last, we're free-no longer wasting hour

after hour acting like we care

about recitals. We step into the shower

unafraid we'll slip on greasy hair

conditioner, and we don't face a tower

of dishes every night or have to share

our groceries. A stocked refrigerator

isn't empty twenty minutes later.

Grieve because they finally moved out? …

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