When parents send their last kid off to college, it’s generally considered a sad occasion. “Empty nest syndrome” is a struggle for many parents. For Vicky and Jeff Piper, it’s an entirely different story.
Last week, Vicky and Jeff sent their youngest son, Cameron, off to Saginaw Valley State University. Their oldest, Caitlyn, left home last year to study in Australia. That leaves Vicky and Jeff with an empty nest.
But they’re not lonely. Instead, they’re excited to spend more time with each other.
“We’re really, really good,” Vicky told BuzzFeed News. “Yes, we are sad to see him go, but we had a confidence he will do well, and it’s our turn now.”
Instead of wallowing in sadness, they’re celebrating. To mark the occasion, the Pipers imitated the fancy photo shoots that are popular with millennials these days. But in this case, they held up a chalkboard saying, “Empty Nest, August 2018.”