My empty nest children are two cats – Pinky and Demon. Their real names are Lizzie and Izzie but they quickly earned nicknames. My husband gives everyone nicknames.
I was devastated when my last child graduated from college and moved thousands of miles away. I was very sad and lonely. I missed being a mom. My friends told me to get a dog. They all have dogs “to mother” and are very happy.
I love dogs but I really didn’t want one. We often travel and dogs are difficult to leave behind. My cat had passed away a few years ago and I wasn’t ready to get another one just yet.
One of my sons was home for a visit and he talked me into going to the APL (Animal Protective League) to look at the cats and dogs. Well, I fell in love with not one but two little kittens. They were sisters and looked like twins. They were neutered and had all their shots. I qualified to be a cat owner. There was a fee and guess what, they were two for the price of one that month. I absolutely had to take them both home.
They were adorable and still are. There is nothing like “kitten love”. When they feel all lovey, they like to rub their heads all over me. They are very affectionate. They follow me around all day except when they are napping. I feed them, buy them treats and toys, brush them, pet them, and play with them.
I wasn’t sure if I would like having two cats but it has worked out well. They keep each other company and take care of each other. To be honest, they are a lot of work. Two cats are twice the hair and mess. Twice the poop to scoop too.
Pinky and Demon are pretty well behaved, although I make a lot of allowances for them when they are naughty. Most of the time I don’t catch them. I just find the evidence. I guess they are easier than raising children.
They have filled the emptiness in our house, although I think my husband and I have adjusted pretty well to just being a couple. Wikipedia defines the empty nest syndrome as a feeling of grief and loneliness parents may feel when they children leave home The empty nest period is really hard at first. You want your children to grow up and be independent. You just might not be sure what your purpose is supposed to be now that they don’t need you. If you take some time to adjust, it can be one the best times of your life. Just think of the freedom and the possibilities. You can improve your marriage, get a part time job, travel, redecorate your home, learn a new hobby or skill, meet new friends, or take a class. Do what you want to do. Do what you love.
It’s time to make a bucket list and start scratching things off the list. It won’t be long before you get busy with weddings and grandchildren and grand puppies and grand kittens!