leaving the nest

‘My job title and daily duties may have changed, but I’m still in the business of nurturing the people I love.’: Mom details emotional transition from mother to grandma

“While out walking the dog on Saturday morning, just days after my last daughter left the nest, I got a call from my oldest child. ‘He’s here. He’s been born!’ In the span of just 24 hours, I was forcibly retired from the only job I’d ever wanted, and thrust into a role I had no idea how to do.”

‘Yes, I set a date to lose my virginity. And I texted my mom and all my friends about it.’: Woman says we should be ‘proud of our own stories’ and never ‘push ourselves to meet mile markers’

“Cue my montage of preparation: I went to Victoria’s Secret and picked out lingerie. I curled my hair and gave myself the best smokey eye I could without YouTube tutorials at that time. I didn’t have a religious motive for waiting, just the humiliation of my first kiss. I was at a party, drunk off Mike’s Hard Lemonade, when I met a guy. We made out in a hallway and an hour later, he turned his attention to my friend. There was no passion, no Hollywood glamour.”

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