My two eldest boys have flown the coup. I am delighted for them. I can't say I'm sad and I know it wil be quieter but envisualizing them independent and away from their noisy family is also time to cherish for them. I am one to love my kids deeply and probably too deeply. I enjoy talking with them and having their adult companionship. What more could I ever want for them but to successfully be independent. I can also unload extra stuff on them!!!!! Whee!!!!! Less furniture!!!!! Stuff be gone. Ha ha.