The thing about an empty nest when you have college age children, is that it doesn't always stay empty for long. They tend to come and go as semesters end and job opportunities and circumstances change. But, I think that is what providing a home is all about. It is a safe place for your your children to land from time to time. They need to know they can always come home - that there is a room open and a place for them to just be themselves.
As parents, the role changes too. We listen more and realize we are that sounding board they need when they come home. They don't want advise unless they ask for it and while sometimes that is hard, it gives them the space they need to think and make their own choices in life. They just need to know that you are there, in their corner, ready with help if needed.
So, the boxes and bins move in and out. The noise level goes up and down. And, you appreciate the fact that you have time with them. Time to just be a family and do all those little things together again. You take each moment as a gift and are thankful they know they have a safe place to go and a family that loves them.
Have a great weekend!