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Empty-nest parents are lonely, bored

November 4, 2011

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Dear Margo: My sister is two years older than me, so when she went away to college, I was still at home with our parents. Last year, I graduated high school and went away to college. I immediately became concerned about my parents. They only had two kids, and I knew that once we were both gone, they were going to be lonely. Last year, I went home for many weekends to see them and my friends. Now that I’m in my second year of college, I’ve tried not to go home as often so I can focus on studies and having relationships with people at school. However, I’m still as concerned as ever about my parents.

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