So, I am beyond happy to announce that the bat was not rabid! I can’t tell you how relieved I was when our local Animal Control officer called me with the report. The question of the empty nest still remains however, and the “batman” will be coming next week to investigate and try to uncover the gap the bats are using to enter our nest! So, for now the empty nest remains empty!
I must admit that it’s taking a bit of time to get used to the quiet and calm in the house. As much as the chaos of the summer was often overwhelming, the quiet can be just as overwhelming. An interesting thought: how many people would sign up for a career that would last (I know it is forever, but I am referring to the active years of parenting) for 18 years. Eighteen years per child, and then time to reinvent yourself from within an empty nest.
I do work, own a childcare business, and just launched Head 4 Success: College and Career Solutions; but even so, my heart has ached and I miss the crazy days of 3 kids dumping backpacks on the floor, leaving dirty laundry everywhere, leaving empty soda bottles in the fridge, and coming in and out of the house at all hours.
What is the solution? I think I will always be trying to figure it out. Once a mother, always a mother!