- No need to figure out how many people will be dining at home this evening.
- No more crumpled towels growing their own ecosystems in a dark corner of the upstairs hallway.
- No more sports uniforms to wash. (Except when your son comes home on break bringing his white uniform shorts with the ground-in dirt he couldn’t wash out. Thank you Clorox 2.)
- No waking up to discover that your son and his five friends, (who spent the night because it was too late to drive home), have in fact been awake all night talking and playing board games.
- No one will flop down on the couch beside you and interrupt your reading with a discussion on some trivial topic like “How do you prove God exists?” or “Which graduate schools should I apply to?”
- No one will meddle with your electronic devices. When the TV suddenly stops working or you want to change settings on the Blu-ray player, you get to figure out how it works all by yourself.
- No one will deprive you of exercise opportunities by offering to mow the lawn for you. After years of allowing your children to do such chores, you can now regain full control of that Lawn Boy. (And there’s still two whole months of mowing season left!)
What are your reasons for enjoying an empty nest? Share them here.