My baby is flying the nest…

Mum’s gone to Aldi….

Tomorrow is the big day. DD1 is leaving! Going to her own cute little house with her best friend. Out to face the big wide world and to cope with the responsibility of paying her own (quite large) bills and attempting to live on a budget and not get into debt.

I want her to succeed but I am also worried for her. I know what it is like to have to stretch every penny and go without if necessary, how depressing it can feel sometimes to have no spare cash and to never be able to be relaxed about money. It’s hard when you are 22 and just want to buy clothes and makeup!

My moving in gift is a week’s worth of groceries from Aldi, as ever my favourite supermarket. (As well as all the furniture, curtains and kitchen bits she has pinched from the shed and the attic of course!)

I have bought them bread, milk, butter, cheese, fruit, fresh and tinned veg, pasta, rice, pizza, chicken, jars of sauces, loo roll, kitchen roll, cling film, cleaning stuff, fajita kits, baked beans and more… Her groceries cost more than mine!! Still this should take the pressure off until she gets paid again, then she is on her own!

Anyone else have mixed emotions about their babies flying the nest?

5 thoughts on “My baby is flying the nest…

  1. Jane, it’s always hard to see them fly the coop, but it is also rewarding to thing you have taught them well to be independent. Somewhere there is a quote that says that if you let them go, they will return (I think it applies to butterflies or something).

  2. DS1 is on his way (before dawn) to the SF Bay area for a job hunting trip with a group of MBA students from his college. If he gets a job there, he’ll be 3-4 hours from home. So, yes I get it. Absolutely. But I also want him to have a full and happy adult life. He’s 27 and has been living at home while going to college and working part time. If he lives at home into his 30s, he’s unlikely to find a gal to marry. to settle down or have a family of his own. It’s all necessary. Even if I’m torn.

  3. I should explain, and it might be different with sons. I have a brother-in-law who is now over 50. He lives with my mother-in-law and father-in-law, and has for almost 15 years. He never married. Left his chosen career and hasn’t worked outside of the home for almost 15 years. His life revolves around taking care of his now elderly folks. There’s so very much he’s missed out on in life, and when they’re gone, he’ll be very alone. I’d like my sons to have good jobs and families… the kind of life most of us take for granted. But in order for that to happen, they’ve got to fly from the nest. Your daughter will do well. There may be a few stumbles here and there, but you’ve given her a great foundation!

  4. When my youngest went to uni it took me nine months to get used to him not coming in from school in the afternoon. I also missed his laughter, which could be heard all over the house when something amused him.

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