Posted by: chlost | February 5, 2010


My son got his promotion!  He is very excited.  He has worked very hard and has waited  quite a while.  He will nearly double his salary (which, to be clear, was not very much).  He feels relief that his patience and determination has paid off finally.

My son has two daughters.  He and his wife and daughters are living with us.  He has felt very guilty about not being able to support them financially.  My daughter-in-law is a stay at home mom.  It is very important to them that she be at home with the girls while they are young. I think that she hopes to home school them, but we’ll see what happens with that in the next couple of years.  I don’t think that my son agrees.

In any event, they are already looking for places to live.  I know that it has been hard for them.  Can you imagine living with your in-laws for over a year?  I loved my in laws.  But I think I would have lost my mind if we had lived with them for even a month.  My daughter-in-law is good at putting up with us, and the house is big, the yard is big, and we live sort of in the country, so that has made things work. 

They want to move into the city. They hope to be in a nice neighborhood, with a park nearby, a library, and some shopping in walking distance.  I can understand the need to have a place of their own.  For my part, though, I hope that they don’t move for a little while longer.  I will miss them.  One of the other advantages for them staying here would be to allow them to save up a little more money before they go off on their own.  Some savings; a reliable car; some furniture.  We’ll see.

I am a little hesitant about going back to the empty nest.  That means that it will be just my husband and I and the dog.  My husband works every other weekend.  He works until 8 pm almost every day.  I spend a lot of time alone with the dog. I have enjoyed having company.  I don’t know that I am ready to be alone again. 

Of course, there is also the other part of this.  It will be just my husband and I when he is home.  I don’t know how that will work.  We have not had much “alone time” in the past year or so.  I don’t know that I am ready to spend so much time alone with him, either!

But a promotion is good.  It is a big step.  I am very proud of my son.  I am very happy for his family!  YAY!!!!


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