My nest was empty for three months, then my daughter came home after a hospitalization got her thrown out of school. My youngest came home for the summer, so we were all together until just last week.
Youngest moved to a nearby apartment and eldest moves into one in September, four hours away.
My first stint on my own hurt for a couple weeks, but I got busy getting my house the way I want it. This time around, I also have a few trips planned.
I've been widowed over a decade, so what I make of this is solely on me. Want to be empty nest buddies while we adjust?
My wife and have been "empty nesters" for several years and feel that process was much easier for us than for a single Mom. Now after our kids have left the house, after being here for a few days, we always comment about how sadly quiet the place becomes. But for us it is more quiet and not completely quiet. That's got to be hard for you. Our kids were both gone before we retired, which was a substantial challenge for me. For that I (eventually) got into exercise like riding a bicycle and walking quite a bit. That helped me quite a bit on several levels and I recommend it.
I'm sure this affects women more and in a very different way. As a man who has been multi-married I look at this idea and see myself as living at least 4 lives all within this one. I often think I have been alive sooo long to get to this point and have children and step-children. They all get along and they are all grown. We all live in different places today but my personal feelings are that I am feeling ancient and yet I am not ready to leave.