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Topic: Empty Nester/Retirement (from work) (09/10/09)
TITLE: Mama Gets First Dibs On His Room
By Mariane Holbrook
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I gladly announce it, “At last I’ll be free!”
He just turned eighteen, bound for college is he;
We just returned home from a big shopping spree.
I’ll take out his bunk beds I’ve come to despise.
Clean under his bed where he hid stale French fries.
I’ll call in bulldozers to clean out the mess.
We’ll all need some shots to protect us, I guess.
His walls had been painted a hideous black.
His décor caused more than one panic attack.
When friends played loud music, too bad to believe,
Policemen were called and they made them all leave.
No more will his laundry be left on the floor;
No pin-up girls’ pictures taped inside his door.
I won’t have to wrestle my son out of bed;
He begged for more sleep and would try to play dead.
His bedroom will make me a fine sewing room.
I’ll repaint his walls and get rid of the gloom.
Or maybe his room could be used for a den
With tv and pool table, used by the men.
I might like to make it a room for my art.
I’ve needed an impetus for a fresh start.
I’ll spread out my canvases and all my paints
And seek inspiration; I’m free from constraints.
I think I deserve it; his room should be mine.
If someone else gets it, then I draw the line.
I’ve scrubbed it and cleaned it and picked up the trash.
His room was so bad I’d break out in a rash.
The term “empty nester” means nothing to me.
As free as a bluebird, so happy I’ll be.
I raised him the best that I could, I’ll confess;
I could have tried harder in some ways, I guess.
The big day is here and his luggage is packed.
We’re saying goodbye, as a matter of fact.
He’ll drive off to college with two other guys,
So why are these tears pouring down from my eyes?
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