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    The Next Generation

    I am living in an empty nest. I cannot say its great yet. In fact I cannot say anything is great so in reality anyone who has anything great to contribute needs to step right up. It seems like lately all I do is clean up the remnants of growing up for my two. Today I paid a lady a bunch of money to teach my daughter to drive and get her drivers license. The teacher asked her what she was studying at college, as she is one week into her freshman year.

    Keep in mind this is a kid who I have dragged to events all over the place to raise money and awareness of the need for research and a cure for paralysis. Keep in mind that I was paying little attention to how much attention she was paying....

    The instructor asked her what she was studying at her school. She was filling out a form but said "Neuroscience". The teacher's eyes got big and and asked Jax what she was going to do with it. Jax looked up and said calmly with intention:" I am going to cure paralysis."

    I got chills. Children listen.

    Mary
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    Hi "1 Fine Spine RN,"
    One of the many "I must have done something right," moments you will have to enjoy and savor now that your kid(s) has/have taken another step toward becoming (an) independent, responsible adult(s).

    All the best,
    GJ

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Fine Spine RN View Post
    The instructor asked her what she was studying at her school. She was filling out a form but said "Neuroscience". The teacher's eyes got big and and asked Jax what she was going to do with it. Jax looked up and said calmly with intention:" I am going to cure paralysis."

    I got chills. Children listen.

    Mary
    WOW..That moved me to tears....I bet she will too ..congratulations for raising such a fine young person.
    "The trick is in what one emphasizes. We either make ourselves miserable, or we make ourselves happy. The amount of work is the same.” ~Carlos Castaneda

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    Wow. Mary! I hope Jake grows up someday.

    Your daughter needs to watch the Mama video by Tupac Shakur. You will both love it. I'm not a Tupac junkie but this song is -whoa-.

    The kid who is crashing on my couch thanked me yesterday; I figured it didn't get any better than that. Man, he worked his tail off this a.m. to repay a $50 debt.

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    Mary,

    Is this the same remarkable daughter I met at Jim's fundraiser? I'm tearing up too. Please give her a hug and a high five from me.

    I still really would love to see you.
    Randy


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    Mary,

    Is this the same remarkable daughter I met at Jim's fundraiser? I'm tearing up too. Please give her a hug and a high five from me.

    I still really would love to see you.
    Randy

    Yes my only daughter..you did have dinner with her that night!! I want to see you too!
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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Fine Spine RN View Post
    I am living in an empty nest. I cannot say its great yet. In fact I cannot say anything is great so in reality anyone who has anything great to contribute needs to step right up. It seems like lately all I do is clean up the remnants of growing up for my two. Today I paid a lady a bunch of money to teach my daughter to drive and get her drivers license. The teacher asked her what she was studying at college, as she is one week into her freshman year.

    Keep in mind this is a kid who I have dragged to events all over the place to raise money and awareness of the need for research and a cure for paralysis. Keep in mind that I was paying little attention to how much attention she was paying....

    The instructor asked her what she was studying at her school. She was filling out a form but said "Neuroscience". The teacher's eyes got big and and asked Jax what she was going to do with it. Jax looked up and said calmly with intention:" I am going to cure paralysis."

    I got chills. Children listen.

    Mary
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    Mazel tov !! Or as jody would say "cool beans" ! I'm really glad you got to enjoy a proud kid moment Mar - you done good !!

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    Empty nest is hard until you work through the feelings of aloneness. Now you need to find something for yourself that is yours alone. Hobbies, or volunteering to get you out into the community more. Maybe date a little, nothing serious.

    It is hard to adapt to the empty nest. I know. I'm still doing it with a boomerang child. I use the empty space to do my quilting and art projects.

    It is good to see your child doing so well, but heartbreaking to have the empty nest.
    Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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    Quote Originally Posted by 1 Fine Spine RN View Post
    I am living in an empty nest. I cannot say its great yet. In fact I cannot say anything is great so in reality anyone who has anything great to contribute needs to step right up. It seems like lately all I do is clean up the remnants of growing up for my two. Today I paid a lady a bunch of money to teach my daughter to drive and get her drivers license. The teacher asked her what she was studying at college, as she is one week into her freshman year.

    Keep in mind this is a kid who I have dragged to events all over the place to raise money and awareness of the need for research and a cure for paralysis. Keep in mind that I was paying little attention to how much attention she was paying....

    The instructor asked her what she was studying at her school. She was filling out a form but said "Neuroscience". The teacher's eyes got big and and asked Jax what she was going to do with it. Jax looked up and said calmly with intention:" I am going to cure paralysis."

    I got chills. Children listen.

    Mary
    Mary, she will cure spinal cord injury. Wise.

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