May has been a busy, busy month and no time was spent in the shop. Two days ago our youngest son graduated from high school. His graduation was the culmination of a senior year that included numerous band and choral events and concerts including local, county, district, regional, and State festivals. A graduation is a humbling event to watch as your youngest son walks across the stage and accepts his diploma. A lot of anxiety and awe were present during this event, but most of this was coming from his mother and I.
Our oldest son graduated High School last year and went away to college but his younger brother was still at home. Tomorrow he will turn 18 and in a few months he will be going away to a College that is several hours away. His absence will make our house seem very empty. His musical talents (singing, piano, and flute) kept the house noisy and busy all year long: practices both at home and away, all the events he participated in kept us busy and hopping, and his friends were here adding to the “beautiful noise.”
For the past 20 years a child has been in our house. I use the word child figuratively because both of our sons stopped being children years ago and I am very proud of all they have become, but old habits die hard. It will be very strange for my wife and I to sit in a house that has been so busy for so long. I look forward to it, but I am still apprehensive. This empty nest will give us the opportunity to spend more time together and do the things we used to do, and it will also give me more time to spend in the shop. I know that this phenomenon is nothing new and parents are experiencing it every day, but it is still hard to handle when life happens.
Now how do I convince my wife I need a new band saw?
-- Brian, Lebanon PA, If you aren’t having fun doing it, find something else to do.