My house seems so empty now


Boogie and her beau left a short while ago driving off down the road in her Vee Dub.  Off on a new adventure to explore life together and hopefully for a long time together.  You never know any more.  I’ll just cross my fingers and knock on  wood and always hope for the best.

My house seems so empty now.  Let me add to that thought.  She’s in her early 30’s and has been living on her own for a number of years now so it’s not like this is anything new or it’s a new experience.  But she was living here in the metro area and we got together a number of times every month.  Now she will be living half a country away.

It seems odd to me.  I know that men and women have left and moved away from their families for ions.  Me and my brothers did it to Momma when we left home for the military so we joined a very long but distinguished list when we did that to her.  But this is odd to me in the sense that it’s happening to me and not to someone else.  This house feels strangely empty now.

I know she will be alright.  I asked her how much cash she had with her knowing there wasn’t that much in her wallet since she likes her debit card.  I slipped her a bunch of 20’s and told her it was for food along the way.  She said she didn’t need it but I told her it was “Dad peace of mind money” and to quit arguing.

So I’m on to the next phase of my life.  I have always wondered if I taught my girls the right life lessons.  I told her beau to not piss her off.  Boogie has an awesome right hook.

27 responses to “My house seems so empty now

  1. Reality check…when it happens to you and someone else is saying goodbye. Ouch. Been there, done that, in both respects. Love that your advice was “not to piss her off”…so funny. We left for SLC from PA decades ago, one week after the wedding. My dad shook his hand and said “take care of her, boy”. A sweet moment I’ll never forget. Your house may feel empty, but that’s a good sign. You’ll be okay, Jim.

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  2. This made me kind of sad because as you know, I know all too well how it feels to have a daughter who moves clear across the country. Like 2600 miles away 😦 . But I think your girl will be fine. She has a good dad who I think probably raised he well and taught her right. I guess the only comfort is she didn’t move directly out of your house to someplace far away, so you had a bit of a transition. And you know, as I found out, “far away” is just a plane flight away or a LONG drive in the car. ♥♥

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      • The life long riddle, did I do the right things? I think most of us do in some ways, we just don’t figure it out that easy. It the small things we do that counts probably, but we don’t notice them so we don’t think they matter, but they do. All the little things together makes us do the right thing when we sum up. “Pling”

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  3. I remember my Dad slipping me some money when we moved up north. I went alone with our older daughter, who was a baby at the time. The money came in very handy. That was a good thing that you did, Jim. Thank you.

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