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Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Our Empty Nest

Empty NestWith our daughter's departure today for her sophomore year in college, my wife and I begin our second year as empty nesters (with our son already away for his junior year in college). Although our hearts ache that we no longer experience the daily joy of living in the same house with our kids, we are comforted by Ecclesiastes 3:1:

There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven.

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We spent thirty years raising kids, so now we're raising a garden.

Posted by: Woody | Sep 14, 2011 10:03:14 AM

Paul,

My favorite episode of The Andy Griffith show is the one where Opie nurses a wounded bird back to health.

In the process, Opie becomes very attached to the bird. When the bird is healthy again and able to fly, Andy makes Opie set the bird free.

As the bird takes wing and flies into the trees Opie looks sadly at the empty cage turns to his father and says:

"Gee, Pa, this cage sure does look empty."

Andy pauses, then smiles, and says:

"Yeah, but don't the trees sound full?"

Posted by: Peter | Sep 14, 2011 10:19:37 AM

My youngest daughter started kindergarten this month so I have an inkling of that feeling (and the temptation to say "She's not ready yet; let's wait a year"!)

Posted by: Eric Rasmusen | Sep 14, 2011 10:31:17 AM

A quote from the Bible?
You are aware that in Academia that is an inexcusable act of ThoughtCrime!
They may revoke your tenure. Or, at least just call you a "racist" and a "bigot". You are obviously not as tolerant as they are.
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You didn't even try to disguise it as a quote from The Byrds.

Posted by: momo | Sep 14, 2011 3:32:14 PM

momo: "You didn't even try to disguise it as a quote from The Byrds."

Paul linked it to "The Byrds" with his reference to being "empty nesters."

Posted by: Woody | Sep 14, 2011 9:30:24 PM