Not one whit…

The empty nest can get you dwelling (and not in a good way) on loss, transition and the bald inevitability of change.

And just when you think you can bear it no more, someone sends you something that reminds you that no matter what the Buddhists say, there are a few precious things that never change at all.

quinn now and thenThanks, Ellie!

Thanks…

Way back when we were young, naive parents, we assumed our nest would be occupied by just us and the kids. But by the time the kids were launched, we were sharing it with teachers, coaches and a few very special babysitters. Like Dave Markland.

Thanks, Dave.

Dave and Quinn

Career Opportunities…

Dear Quinn,

Graduation is coming up, so I figure you’re stressing about your career. Fear not. If your engineering degree doesn’t land you a job, remember that you have tons of previous experience in other fields…

You were a full on hero during the Malibu fire of `93…

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You’ve put in huge hours on heavy equipment…00391_p_10ab8pkby20736

The pajama uniform created some cred issues, but otherwise you nailed your stint as a cop… 00403_p_10ab8pkby20748

Do you have any idea how hard it is to find decent royalty these days? A Viceroy internship is totally within your reach….00380_p_10ab8pkby20725

If all else fails, invent a sport…(linoleum downhill)….00498_p_10ab8pkby20218

Love, Dad

The Rope

Some great empty nest advice from Frank Evans, an English bullfighter, in an NPR interview in 2005:

CHADWICK: I don’t mean to cast aspersions or anything, but isn’t 60 a little old for a bullfighter?

Mr. EVANS: Well, not necessarily. There are some bullfighters who are fighting into their 60s…The trick in life is not to let go of the rope…

I’m not planning on taking up bullfighting, but in this house we’re definitely not letting go of the rope…