Empty Nest

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What words of wisdom do you give a college freshman?

What advice would you give parents who are about to become empty nesters?

Our baby is bound for Boone this Friday. So does that make us empty nesters? How will we deal with the trauma?

Well, we’re getting a bit of a break.

Son Will enters Appalachian State as a freshman on Friday. Yes, we’ve bought all the freshman stuff: laptop computer, bed spread, towels and warm winter coat. My wife and I have given Will the freshman pep talk. Enjoy the adventure but be good and make us proud.

Cindy and I are really going to miss the big guy. His upbeat personality, great sense of humor and willingness to work hard are just a few of his attributes. We are avoiding the empty nest syndrome at least for now. Our daughter Lauren recently began teaching first grade in Wake County. She has decided to live at home for a while. This will give her a chance to save some money. Plus, those first days of teaching can be demanding. It's nice to come home to the warm family cocoon including home cooked meal and sympathetic ears.

Eventually, Lauren will find that apartment and the nest will be empty. But for now we sure are enjoying the company.

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