My situation never seems quite right. When I’m in Slave Lake, I miss Buddy and Princess. When I’m in Calgary, I miss The Consultant.
Whenever I start feeling the “empty” in empty nest, it usually takes a trip to Calgary to visit with my kids, family and friends in order to make it all better. I drive to the city, fill myself up then take all that fullness back to Slave Lake, where I dump myself out through my writing.
Living this lifestyle is an adjustment, for sure. Sometimes I get so caught up in my own feelings that I forget it’s not all about me. The Consultant’s nest is empty too. Although he doesn’t display it to the world, like I do, he misses our kids.
So, he was as excited as I to hear Buddy and Princess were making the trip up to visit. Several times before their arrival, he mentioned how much he was looking forward to seeing them. I realized that The Consultant hadn’t seen either of the kids since May.
Friday evening of the August long weekend, about an hour before their arrival, we received this video via text message –
Buddy and Princess were playing right into our excitement. They know us so well.
When they finally arrived we had all the hugging and smiling with all of us talking at once that happens when family comes together. I loved the look of joy that was pasted on The Consultant’s face from then until their departure on Monday afternoon.
He isn’t used to having them all to himself anymore. He took off to golf with Buddy and swam in Lesser Slave Lake with Princess. It was just like the good old days.
There were many moments each day, when I stood back and watched from a distance, as though I wasn’t part of it – filling myself with their joy.
For three perfect summer days, all felt right with the world – the four of us under one roof again, laughing, relaxing, sharing meals. It was hard to watch them drive away.
But as I write this, I’m sitting up here in Slave Lake feeling extra full. I thought I’d better empty a little by sharing the August long weekend in my post today.
How do you fill yourself ?