You work hard to give your children a higher education and know they are settled where they are. Then something like this happens. Less running. A quiet house. Time to fill.

It makes you realize things about yourself. I’m not the best housekeeper. I’m still not on a regular exercise routine.

I have tendencies – to be disorganized, unfocused, dreamy.

I pay more attention to the things that I have ignored – extended family, friends, the pets, my husband.

We were always so busy with so much, it was hard to relax. I’ve relearned that I enjoy reading, writing, snuggling on the couch, watching the fire, listening to music and being creative.

I still have a few things to work on but I can now embrace the silence and myself. I’ve had a higher education. I know I am settled where I am.