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Long before my daughters graduated from high school, I was already mourning the empty nest. Writing was the only thing I looked forward to as I imagined home life without them. I had dabbled in words before, but aside from churning out a clever holiday letter every year, my recent oeuvre was pretty non-existent. Writing was my consolation prize for the planned obsolescence of motherhood.
It was also good therapy, as writing usually is. I poured my anxiety and grief onto the page. “Soon we’ll be leaving the emerald hills and spring-soft skies of the Bay Area to visit faraway New England colleges, icy sirens that entice my baby away from home,” I began. This turned into my first piece for Perspectives, a public radio commentary. One commenter felt the need to opine that my daughter was lucky to escape my neurotic clutches.
Neurotic or not, these were fruitful times for copy (writer’s tip for the day: neurosis=copy). The bulk of my personal essays are about the empty nest—anxiously awaiting it, grieving it, then enjoying it. My husband, seeing how prolific (and occasionally remunerated) I had become, joked that I was feathering the empty nest! I knew I was through the mourning process when I began to tire of writing about it, and moved on to other topics. I, too, was launched—a writing fledgling.
Lorrie Goldin;s essay From Conception to the Empty Nest will appear in Mamas Write.
E is for Empty Nest
April 5, 2014 By 21 Comments