The first Empty Nest



This week's Photo Hunter's theme is Empty.


My mother-in-law, who has not been to visit for 18 months, surveyed the kids' room upon arrival and noticed the twins' toddler beds. She exclaimed, "Last time we were here, they were in cots!" (she's English, she means cribs). Wow, that was so long ago for me that I hardly remember it. So I went digging into our photo archives. This is the last picture I took of Philip's crib, just before we dismantled and sold it. It looks so forlorn and empty. Looking at it gives me the beginnings of empty-nest syndrome. I hope the people who bought it have filled it with lots of blankets and toys and love.

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PowersTwinB said...

Is there anything in this world more sad than an empty crib!...wait, yes there is, when its an empty bedroom that your child left behind when we went out to become his own,in his first job, first apartment, his first of all that!Thanks for visiting my photo tonight!

PastorMac's Ann said...

Awwww, that just breaks my heart. Great choice for The Hunt. It's definitely a good pick for empty.

Biker Betty said...

It looks empty and lonely. I was so sad taking down the youngest son's crib knowing that he was the last baby. But then it was very exciting that he was old enough for his own big bed. Thanks for stopping by and have a great weekend.

AMAZING GRACIE said...

That's so poignant! Good and sad...We want them to grow up but at the same time - my baby is 36! sniff...
~~~Blessings~~~

abe-hap said...

what a sweet memory for you :)

amy said...

What a wonderful picture and post! This is precious

Patricia of Pollywog Creek said...

We had similar ideas - the empty nest. Have a wonderful weekend, Bongga Mom, and thanks for stopping by Pollywog Creek!

lulu said...

Very bittersweet, huh? Ooh, and I love the English term for crib!

Thanks for sharing!

Beckie said...

Sweet and sad all in one. Very good photo for the theme. Thanks for visiting My Photo Blog.

Have a great weekend.

Dana said...

Oh, I don't want to thik about that ;) I have one that will still be using the crib, but she coudl be the last - I am sure that will be a bittersweet day to dismantle and sell it :)

Sueczech said...

Aww.. it makes my heartbreak thinking that one day our daughter's crib will be empty and dismantled. I love walking in the morning and seeing her standing there.
Nice picture. You captured it well

Lynn said...

Hi from the Philippines. Thanks for stopping by. I like your title...bongga mom. :) And you have twins! :)

My daughter's crib has long been stashed away. But I know the feeling. Looking at pictures like this one gives us some nostalgia.

Happy weekend!

Holly said...

AWWWWW....yes, it is definitely empty. It's heartbreaking letting that crib go, I was in no rush to get my youngest out of her crib, but she sure had other ideas! Thanks for sharing your picture, it was great! My photo is up finally! Happy Hunting!

Cats ~ Goats ~ Quotes said...

What a sweet, yet sad photo.
I suspect the crib is filled with love now!!
Happy Hunting ^..^

Lauren S. said...

We are about to move my daughter to a big girl bed! Sweet, but sad! Great picture!

Tara said...

Someone is probably loving it and using it right now. What a sweet photo, I would cuddle in that if I had it (of course, if there were a baby around, I would NOT be allowed).

Thanks for visiting my bloggie.

Tara

srp said...

Thanks for visiting. I was lucky that when it came time for Nyssa to move to a "real" bed (in her terms), we were moving as well. So everything was topsy turvy and when the people came to get her baby furniture, it was a welcome sight... less clutter.

Dragonheart said...

Lovely take on the theme. The crib looks so bare and empty.

Lisa Renee said...

I remember that feeling too, but I share your wish that the family that bought the crib from you is creating their own special memories.

Thanks for stopping by and visiting me.

:-)

Barbara H. said...

Aw -- that's sad. There are those poignant moments throughout life when it hits us that they will be constantly taking steps away from us over the years. It goes so fast.

Thanks for stopping by.

Smalltown RN said...

my mother was british and I love the word cot instead of crib...crib reminds me of cribbage or cage...none which bring good memories...cot on the other hand brings thoughts of relaxation and slumber.....interesting how we use words....

Great choice for the hunt!

Expat Traveler said...

I think graduating out of the crib is something so cool... Yes brings back memories for everyone I think...

and by the way, I'm from SJ area of Cali.

Sophia said...

I felt that way looking at the crib at my mothers home last weekend. Thanks for stopping by

Incog & Nito said...

I'm sure those cots are filled with love as we 'speak'. Kids grow up and fill other empty spaces in your home and heart. Happy weekend.

meeyauw said...

I never expected an empty crib to be sad, but it is. It's so forlorn, as if waiting for a wonderful guest who is never going to come. Yes, I am sure the people who bought it have filled it with joy.

Autumn said...

I have some old photos of my kids in there cribs, it does seem sad when they out grow them. Great idea for this weeks photo!

Crystal said...

Awww, that's just so sad. We have an empty bassinet that a well meaning friend gave to me long before we realized we would have trouble having a child.

Happy hunting.

Vader's Mom said...

What a sad photo. But, I'm sure you are happy to see your children growing!

Anita said...

Empty nest syndrome is sad, but remember... sometimes they come back (I did, lol)

Anyway, what a great choice for the theme, and it looks like such a comfy crib, too.

Teena said...

Think of the joy you have passed on to another family :)

Thanks for stopping by mine :)

Heart of Rachel said...

I have precious memories of my son sleeping peacefully in his crib. He is 3 years old now and turning 4. I lent the crib to my husband's cousin.

Thanks for sharing something special to your heart.