We’re flying to visit son, Jeff, and his family who live hundreds of miles away.

My suitcase is packed with just enough room for my husband, Gerry’s stuff. Just the two of us are flying down from California to be with the four of them in Texas.  Jeff made reservations for a Mothers’ Day brunch.  He asked if we’d like to watch Mary Grace play soccer.  Of course we would.  We like doing whatever they do in their busy lives.  Fourteen-year-old Clare is excited to be going to a dance on Friday.  It’s fun to get in tune with the rhythm of their lives and cheer them on with whatever that is. In turn, they like hearing about our lives.

As a parent, I’ve devoted many of my adult years nurturing five children, and now I enjoy new intimacy and joy with my husband. Life as an empty nester with Gerry Rowland is just beginning!

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