ColumbiaMagazine.com
Printed from:

Welcome to Columbia Magazine  
 


























 
Full Nest Syndrome

This article first appeared in issue 14, and was written by Marilyn Loy Turner.

Being downsized not the break

you originally might imagine

Help! I've been downsized.

No, it doesn't mean I've gone down six dress sizes or lost 10 pounds in one week (although I did have to tighten my belt. Unfortunately, it means I've been laid off, separated forever from my job of 17 years.

Downsizing makes me feel small. I feel like Rick Moranis made a movie about me entitled Honey, I shrunk the Full Nest Lady.

My kids don't see it that way. They consider downsizing a good thing. Now, mom can take them to pool, and the poolroom without them having to car pool. They can eat fresh baked brownies any hour of the day.

My oldest son reminded me of my good fortune by saying, "Hey, Mom, you're lucky because you don't have to get up at 5:00 a.m."

"Yeah," added my 14-year-old, "Now you can wait until your eyes open before you put your mascara on.

My daughter agreed, "You no longer have to worry about having to drive down the road plucking your eyebrows and blowing your horn at the same time."

Suddenly it occurred to me that I wouldn't have to drink three gallons of coffee while wrestling to fit in my pantyhose and that I wouldn't have to wait to read the newspaper on bathroom breaks.

I think I can handle watching my favorite soaps while soaping up the stains on my kids' jeans.

As I began to cheer up, my youngest son mentioned, "Now, when my teachers call to complain about my school performance, they won't have to speak to your voice mail. They can tell you in person. Maybe I won't even have to bring my report card . . . "

Suddenly I realized I'm not downsized. I have a big role to fill-that of a wife and mother, guidance counselor and teacher.

(Note: Full Nest was great when it started. It just keeps getting better and better. That's why we are running two this issue. -ED.)



This story was posted on 1997-06-15 12:01:01
Printable: this page is now automatically formatted for printing.
Have comments or corrections for this story? Use our contact form and let us know.


To sponsor news and features on ColumbiaMagazine, please use our contact form.

More articles from topic Full Nest Syndrome:

Full Nest Syndrome

Full Nest Syndrome

Full Nest Syndrome

Full Nest Syndrome

Another Teenager Makes Four



View even more articles in topic Full Nest Syndrome
 





















 
 
Quick Links to Popular Features


 

ColumbiaMagazine.com content is available as an RSS/XML feed for your RSS reader or other news aggregator.
Use the following link: http://www.columbiamagazine.com/columbiamagazinerss.php.

Contact us: Columbia Magazine and columbiamagazine.com are published by D'Zine, Ltd., PO Box 906, Columbia, KY 42728.
Phone: 270-250-2730 Fax: 270-751-0401


Please use our contact page, or send questions about technical issues with this site to webmaster@columbiamagazine.com. All logos and trademarks used on this site are property of their respective owners. All comments remain the property and responsibility of their posters, all articles and photos remain the property of their creators, and all the rest is copyright 1995-Present by Columbia! Magazine and D'Zine, Ltd. Privacy policy: use of this site requires no sharing of information. Voluntarily shared information may be published and made available to the public on this site and/or stored electronically. Anonymous submissions will be subject to additional verification. Cookies are not required to use our site. However, if you have cookies enabled in your web browser, some of our advertisers may use cookies for interest-based advertising across multiple domains. For more information about third-party advertising, visit the NAI web privacy site.