Lisa writes: Here I am, 365 days out from the empty nest. The temptation is to spend a year boring you with lasts. The last first day of school, the last birthday at home (trust me, this one is the real killer), or the last varsity game. But I am going to try and resist the pull to be maudlin and instead create a Parent’s Bucket List for senior year in high school, perhaps better thought of as the Last Call List….Everything I wish I had done before my older kids went to to college.
1. Pay a professional photographer
Try for that one perfect set of family pictures that no amateur can capture. It seems like the kids are grown, that the need to document their gorgeous faces has lost its urgency as the transitions slow. Wrong. That just-finished-childhood-not-quite-adult look is fleeting. Get someone who knows what the are doing to capture it.
2. Talk about failure and tell them of your failings
Tell them why you failed and how you recovered and how, for some period of time you thought you might not. We loom so large in our children’s lives, as the people who once held superpowers. Let them know how those powers have often failed you as both an adult and a parent.