Of all the quotes, this empty nest quote fits this picture so well. Under this old tree, our family and our family before us has gathered together many times for many reasons. Our most recent gathering was Decoration Day. After we paid our respects to our loved ones we all gathered under this tree on the hill to talk, laugh, love and live. My husband wrote about it and I would like to share with you what this old tree means to him.
Our Old Pecan Tree
“This old pecan tree is probably 100 years old. When my grandparents bought this property in the mid to late 1950’s the tree was mature. My Papa, gone since 1986, picked up pecans under this tree, slaughtered livestock here, rested here in its shade. My grandmother, gone since 1998, made dozens of pecan pies and decorated coffee cakes with the pecans from this tree.
Our family has celebrated countless celebrations, holiday’s, and birthdays under its canopy. Several of our relatives who have gone on before us have sat under here, enjoying each other’s company. We have played washers, ladder ball, frisbee and football in its sight. This is a view from above, from where my Granny would have looked out the window as she did her dishes and cooked her delights.
When I saw this view, I was struck like a punch in the face as I realized how much love has been expended here, how many people who love each other so dearly have celebrated life here, from my kid to my grandkids to my parents when they were still kids as well. While to most people it is just a tree, to our family, this tree is a blessing, a gift from God above, that we will treasure as long as we will live.” ~ Phillip Humphries
We have come to the point in our lives where we are now on the sidelines watching our children build their nests. Now we can only pray that we have instilled in them the love and security to know that they are welcome to come back to our empty nest whenever they need a place to rest their wings.
I have put together a few of my favorite quotes that I feel will mean something to anyone living in an empty nest.
Quotes For The Empty Nest
“The kindest thing you can do for the people you care about is to become a happy, joyous person” ~ Brian Tracy
“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then I want to move in with them” ~ Phyllis Diller
“If you obey all the rules, you miss all the fun.” ~ Katharine Hepburn
“I take a very practical view of raising children. I put a sign in each of their rooms: Checkout time is eighteen years” ~ Erma Bombeck
“Retirement must be wonderful. I mean, you can suck in your stomach for only so long.” ~ Burt Reynolds
“How then can we account for the persistence of the myth that inside the empty nest lives a shattered and depressed shell of a woman–a woman in constant pain because her children no longer live under her roof? Is it possible that a notion so pervasive is, in fact, just a myth?” ~ Lillian B. Rubin
“Leap and the net will appear” ~ John Burroughs
“How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?” ~ Satchel Paige
“People make a lot of jokes about the empty nest. Let me tell you, it is no laughing matter. It is really hard.” ~ Michelle Pfeiffer
“I believe the key to happiness is: someone to love, something to do, and something to look forward to.” ~ Elvis Presley
“Leaving home in a sense involves a kind of second birth in which we give birth to ourselves.” ~ Robert Neelly Bellah
Check back for more quotes for the empty nest. I will continue to add quotes as I find ones that mean something to me or that I think will mean something to you.