My 18-year-old “kid” heads to college in 10 weeks (not that I’m counting). And my colleague tells me that her own mom took about 10 years to navigate this transition. Apparently, perimenopause can last that long, too.
It’s a cruel fate for those of us with a uterus—“empty nests” in more ways than one. My body and soul feel gutted, and I’ve lost my pound of flesh in this bittersweet bargain called parenthood.