I’ve not been an empty nester for very long. After raising four children and lovingly sent them into the world to make their way and have their own grand adventures, it was a bit scary. Time alone with my husband is now possible. A little voice whispers, “free at last, free at last.” I miss the kiddos, but they are all close by, and it’s nice to see who they become as adults on their own.
My kids think I’m a bit over-the-top because I make my dogs, and now cats, homemade food. I give the dogs bully sticks when they are anxious or if there is too much snow to enjoy the outside. Even the cats get treats. My husband and I got a 5th wheel so that we can travel with our cats and dogs instead of leaving them at home; we camp together and love it! The kids think I’m way too crazy over my dogs.
Here’s what they don’t understand. When I come home from work, the dogs and cats are excited and happy to see me, very unlike a sullen teenager. When I come home after an intense, draining day at work to face a long list of cooking, cleaning, and chores that must be done, my dogs never, ever have greeted me at the door with the news that I must bake three dozen cupcakes for them to take to school in the morning. “Sorry, I forgot to tell you earlier!”
Of course, the dogs get special attention!