Since I’ve been doing this blog a number of people have said to me, “I hope you’re not getting rid of your husband, Jim!” We would both laugh and then go on. Jim’s a keeper, but I would like to address the issue of our adult children. Although once a parent, always a parent, none of our children currently live at home. This is fine with all of us. (Next week I will deal with the on going challenge of knowing what to do with the remaining stuff that we are still storing for our kids.)
Today, however, I’d like to muse about letting go of our adult children – in a good way. Launching them has been a bitter-sweet experience. We always await their visits with great anticipation, but there is also a relief when they leave and we can return to our normal, boring lives. Letting our children fly and take their own directions has been both satisfying and fearful. There’s way too much to say about it in this short blog. I guess you’ll just have to read the book – the book I wrote that just came out of course. It’s titled, Parenting Your Adult Child: Keeping the Faith (And Your Sanity). End of blatant plug.
PS: Of course there are other, more painful circumstances in which we must let go of people – bad relationships, lost loves, divorce, death… That’s a book I haven’t written yet.
PPS: Frustration of the week. With all my giving away last year (conveniently documented on this blog) I figured that at least I’d have some hefty tax deductions for donations. But, Aarrgh! I just found out that my donations have to be to tax-exempt non-profits. Some were, but many went to FreeCycle which doesn’t count.