Musings from 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
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