Fat to Fit at 59

My quest to lose 50 pounds in 150 days. (Now that you know about it, I'm committed.)

Day 21—Emptying my nest December 6, 2009

This was Annette's room until last night. It's now a neutral sand color.

I have a date with a mattress. Last night about 7pm I thought I’d move the furniture out of Annette’s old room to prep for painting. (I figured there weren’t too many potential buyers who could picture themselves in this Pottery Barn Teen-style room!)

When I finished that before 8, I decided, Why not just go ahead and paint? So that’s what I did. I finished around midnight. There’s a bit of touch-up to do tomorrow, but then the job is done.

More than staging a house for sale, the redecorating signifies to me that I’m now officially an empty-nester. All trace of the kids’ decorating is gone. Lyanne’s cardinal-red room—officially called Bougainvillea— is now the color of dried grass—my living room/parlor/hallway color. And Annette’s lime green and turquoise stripes are now the color of tawny sand.

I feel more sad than I thought I would. My babies are now out on their own paths. My mother’s dreams for them are relegated to the corners of my mind. I’m no longer the central figure in their lives. And I miss their laughs and their smiles. I even miss their hormones. Heaven knows, between five daughters and myself, there were plenty of those. 😉

But life moves on. I’ve been blessed to see all of my girls and their families in the past month, and will spend Christmas in Portland with Melanie and Annette. I’ve graduated to my mother’s role: I’m now known not as Mom, but as Grandma. Guess I’ll put on my night-cap, take out my teeth and go meet my date—the mattress.

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2 Responses to “Day 21—Emptying my nest”

  1. Lauren Says:

    Hey – don’t feel sad! You’re still known as Mom, not only Grandma! And your daughters are great moms because of everything they’ve learned from their AWESOME mom, YOU! Love you Mom!

  2. derice1022 Says:

    Awww, you’re so sweet! Thanks for cheering up an old lady. hahaha 😉


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