August 24 Day 534: Letting Go

Zachary, my youngest son, is off at Opening Days for his first-year college experience. When his brother Anson leaves for his senior year at college in two weeks, Mark and I will officially be empty nesters. I have conflicting feelings about all of it.

For my children, I am so excited for their adventures to come. I wish them happiness and fulfillment. Of course I want them to become self-reliant, independent, and successful by their own definitions. I hope they will still need us—but not too much. I want a weekly phone call—but will assume everything is OK if the spacing is longer. I know they are wonderful young men—but in my heart, they will always be my sweet little boys.

When it’s just the two of us, I worry that our tendency towards overwork will kick into high gear. We need to set aside time to just be together and take care of ourselves and each other. Maybe it’s time to get a dog?

Published by Jenny Quinn

Mathematician. Mother. Wife. Leader. I am a professor of mathematics at the University of Washington Tacoma. Mother of Anson and Zachary. Wife to Mark. President of the Mathematical Association of America.

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