You will not find this term in any medical text book but psychiatrists have come to define it just the same. This severe condition that causes parents to become depressed, angry, and even physically ill strikes without notice. This debilitating illness is Empty-nest syndrome.
Empty-nest syndrome is brought on when kids move away from home and leave their father’s to deal with their nagging wives. Mothers have to come to grips with the fact that the only person to talk to is the man they vowed to spend the rest of their lives with. Sure, one could argue, “What about the dog?” as he scurries under the bed to avoid the constant bickering. Yes, it is the grim truth that the parents have to relearn how to converse and be civil with one another. They start out slow with a “Go to hell” here and a “You stupid SOB” there and progress to “I love you” and soft touches. Then it hits them! They realize what has caused all this tension in the first place, their inability to do it, it being sex, anywhere they please. Now the dog can’t get far enough under the bed. This time not to evade bickering but to try and save his ears from hearing what was going on in the living room.
Most psychologists say that Empty-nest syndrome will pass with time. I say that it will only pass with a substitute for the missing child. Kyle, we miss you but you are being replaced.
–Mom & Dad
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