It was Sunday afternoon when the facetime call came in from overseas. "Hey, how are you?!" she said with a smile. Out of what seemed like nowhere my chest tightened and tears welled up in my eyes. "Not so good," I blurted out as though someone else had taken control of my body.
That's not what I wanted to say but it was the truth and in this safe space that was my friend's presence I was suddenly falling apart.
It's been several years now since my kids left home for college or work, but seeing so many recent Facebook posts of back to school pictures and comments made me think back to my early years of being an empty nester. I've shared before that I was prepared to miss my kids and figured I would feel sad and perhaps a little lost for awhile. I was surprised, though, by some other feelings that showed up along the way.