My parents were in your position just 3 years ago. I was their third and last child to leave the nest and head off to college. My mom bawled when she dropped me off and my dad just didn't say anything which means that even he was a little upset. But now when I visit home I can't even believe what they've been up to. They're like completely new people. Not having me around to bug them has made them so productive and they've had a lot of time for some personal growth.
It started with a new house. They were looking to downsize since they didn't need 4 bedrooms anymore.. They ended up buying a bigger house (hah!) but it had a great yard and it was in farm country. My mom and dad both grew up on farms in Poland so I think they're returning to their roots a bit. My dad planted a HUGE thriving garden. He also planted a bunch of grape plants (he's been making his own wine for about 10 years now) and purchased two beehives. My mom put her heart and soul into decorating the house the way she's always wanted to. Every day that it's been nice out I can never get a hold of them because they're ALWAYS outside working in the garden or planting flowers in the yard.
It will definitely be a big change not having your youngest around anymore, but think of it as starting a new chapter in life. You'll have time to do what you really want to do and you'll have the pleasure of seeing your son really grow up into the man that you taught him to be. :)
Lots of events happening, and I'm getting more involved than usual. BBQ party at a friend's place next week. And the golf tournament event we've been planning is finally happening this weekend. Also, family + youth day + hiking this Saturday and hopefully more drinking/movie sessions to come.
Work work work. I have an internship at Marcus & Millichap and I'm also working at J. Crew. That comes out to about 60-65 hours a week. I haven't really had a summer! It's alright, though. I'm headed to London for the semester in 3 weeks so at least I'll have some cash in my pocket for that. It'll be worth it in the end!
Long summer days, we get about 20 hours of light in the peak of the summer. Going to festivals, listening to music, playing dominoes on the patio, hanging out with friends, lots of laughs, some tears, watching a guy steak down one of the major roads in town, watching a major building fall on that same road, drinking beer at 8:30 in the morning while watching World Cup Soccer. I think this is one of the best summers I have ever had.