I have been an emptynester for more than 10 years. It can be very challenging to say the least. We are in the agricultural industry so my husband works very long hours a good share of the time. I don’t work outside the home because when we do get a chance to get away it is usually spur of the moment so doesn’t really work to have a job. We live in a fairly small community so volunteering is not all that appealing to me. The things that use to be rewarding to me such as a clean house & such have really become very mundane. The only thing that seems to have saved me from going totally crazy is reading. I enjoy reading books about tragedy to see how other people handle tough situations in their lives. It’s not the perfect solution but it seems to help me get through some long days.