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High Noon: Coping w/An Empty Next

Children grow to become adults. That's how it's suppose to be. So, with our youngest child away at West Point for college, our middle child, married and our oldest child now deceased, the kids' childhood home in Boise, ID is 3600 sq ft too big. It is a "way-empty" nest ... We are therefore saying goodbye to it. And we are leasing it out - and in the process, meeting new friends who are looking at it. Someone else will bring a family here to their new home. ... For us this is a house "too empty"/Dennis Mansfield. More here.

Question: Have you had to cope with an "empty next" Or are you about to cope with an "empty nest"? Can you give tips to others here how you survived?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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