I cried on and off all year when my youngest child left the nest. They call it empty nest but it felt like broken heart. How does a mom recover from losing her love and purpose in a flash, after so many years of sitting in volleyball games, kissing ochies and sharing moments? My medicine turned out to be grandchildren, who burst into life to remind me of small joys and playful laughter. Sitting on the floor piecing together legos transforms into a time of wonder with a five year old and I treasure every moment, every giggle, every sweet kiss goodnight, because I now understand how quickly they escape our grasp and how fleeting childhood truly is. I am so grateful for the gifts the Lord has provided and will never waste or take for granted a moment spent with someone I love!
Psychologist and Author
Dr. Fairfield earned her doctorate from Northern Arizona University.
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