When I began this blog, I had 2 college-aged kids and 2 middle-aged dogs. I was on the verge of an empty nest, but I wasn’t dreading it as society seems to think mothers should. I’m a bit of a loner, at least I spend a lot of time on my own, and I’m fine with that. I was looking forward to beginning a new phase in my life by selling my large suburban house and finding a smaller one closer in to the city. A fire at my house just two days before it was to go on the market postponed those plans.
This blog is a journal about a challenging time in my life due to a house fire, my son’s experience with depression, and the beginning of my empty-nester life. The fire at my house occurred in May 2011, exactly 6 weeks before my first entry, and reliving it through writing was both difficult and helpful. It’s been half a dozen years now since the fire, but I do look back now to reflect and get some perspective on that time. I wish I had known someone going through similar problems who could, if not advise, then at least listen to me. If you’re going through these issues in your life now, I hope this journal will help.
Start here: Ready, set, fire!