When the kids go off to college, parents don’t just lose their nestlings. Often, they lose the friends made at soccer games, Scouts and PTA meetings, writes Laura Sessions Stepp in the Washington Post.
It’s all the things that aren’t there anymore,” says Anny Rosenthal, a single mom of two living in Bethesda. “It’s the Cub Scouts, the Girl Scouts, the basketball team. . . . With each stage, you say ‘We’ve gotta stay in touch’ but you don’t.”
Don’t these people make friends at work? It sounds like they need to get a life — of their own.
When my daughter went off to college, I realized that I missed her friends hanging around the house. After all, I wasn’t going to lose touch with my daughter but I wasn’t going to see much of her friends. With the help of e-mail, she’s stayed in touch with almost all of the old crowd. I see them occasionally when they’re in town, which is not that often. Nearly everyone went away to college. Only a few settled in the area after graduation.