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Mama Bird

In 1982, I flew from my own mama’s nest in Marion, Ohio and landed in Columbus, where I graduated from The Ohio State University in 1985. A few years later, I ventured into Cincinnati and married my husband, and we raised our flock of two (Bridget, 24, and Ben, 20) in Northern Kentucky about ten miles away from The Queen City. I’ve also been blessed to have Wes’s daughter, Laura, in my life for twenty-five years.  Laura flew her mama’s coop several years ago and recently gave birth to Nathan, my first grandchild. Of course, we are thrilled.

With Bridget and Ben both out of my nest, I have a lot of “me time” these days that, much to my chagrin, isn’t what I thought it would be cracked up to be. It’s not even what I want, it turns out. But at least now I have time to work on In My Mother’s Room: A Memoir  and finish my MA in English. I also have ample time to shower our empty-nest beagle, Ella Marie Fitzgerald, with love and affection. (Yeah, I guess she is pretty spoiled 🙂 ) Our empty home is now filled with holey socks, stray hairs, and refrigerated cans of Blue dog food. Ella sleeps a lot, though, so in my (plenty of) spare time, I’m reading, writing… and vacuuming dog hair.

Thanks for stopping by the nest 🙂

Jane Simpson Bratton


5 comments on “Mama Bird

  1. Bitter en Zoet
    April 2, 2012

    Thank you for reading our blog. I vacuum a lot of dog hair too and just finished my masters. I hope you’ll stop by again, and perhaps comment and share your take on our little stories. Seems to me you’d have a great perspective.


  2. Jane
    April 2, 2012

    Thanks for stopping by! Seems we have lots in common 🙂

  3. dhamma mama
    April 16, 2012

    It’s so nice to have a moment to enjoy your blog and to thank you for reading mine. The most recent post was mistakenly sent out in its draft form, so I hope you’ll have a chance to check out the complete version: http://wp.me/p1MuwE-7L
    Be well!

  4. Lisa W. Rosenberg
    July 28, 2012

    It’s funny, my kids are 11 and 9, but I think about the stage you’re in (and later stages too) a lot, just because it interests me how time goes along and shapes us into different versions of ourselves, especially as moms.

    I like to think, when they move on, that I won’t pine away, but that I’ll do what you’re doing and do wonderful things with the time. Maybe have an Ella Marie of my own too!

    • Jane
      July 29, 2012

      This phase isn’t too bad. Now, if/when one or both move far away, my nest will definitely be disturbed once more, but hopefully I’ll still have Ella to keep me grounded. Your kids are at awesome ages, so much to learn and discover…and don’t worry about what everybody says about the teen years–like the “terrible twos,” they’re not nearly as bad as everyone said they’d be 🙂 Thanks for reading and commenting!

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