There were good times with the kids but the nest is now empty and it is time to move on

January 31, 2020
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There were good times with the kids but the nest is now empty and it is time to move on

There were good times with the kids but the nest is now empty and it is time to move on

“I am taking pictures across the cost. I retired a year and a half ago. I am an empty nester. My wife and I have been together for 25 years and the kids were all we had in common. I never wanted to marry her, but she got pregnant. She told me she was on the pill but she had a child anyway. Once I held my daughter, I couldn’t let her live without my involvement. A few years later, they ganged up on me and wanted another one and we had a son. We raised them well. My daughter is about to enter law school and my son is in his second year of college. I never wanted kids but I wouldn’t trade them for anything. They approve of me taking this time for myself. I always wanted to do photography but had no time for it, so photos are my purpose on this trip. I am going to places I have never been and seeing friends along the way. I stop whenever I see something interesting or someone I want to talk to. This is the first time I have taken a long road trip alone like this. I am sleeping in my car at truck stops.

I will get back to Virginia about the end of March and see what is next. I have learned how hard it is to change after these many years. It took me over a year to start relaxing from having an intense job where I was on call 24/7. My wife is still working and she never wanted to talk about what is next. There were good times with the kids, but for me it is time to move on. I am hoping this time I am gone gives her time to reflect as well. I have learned on this trip that everyone reacts to a smile and music. If we would realize we are more alike than different, it would be a different world.”

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