New Haven, CT
That is one enormous perk of "the empty nest." Emptied of kids, for us, means richly full of new connections to the dynamic changing world. I scoff at helicopter parents with the rest of them, but to make a few weekend visits each year, meet our children's friends and classmates, reacquaint with the world of rigorous academia and all of the questions and trends under scrutiny by the next generation - that is hugely enriching for OUR generation. There is something in between a parent severing ties completely and being a helicopter - it is sharing the process of learning across generations. Both generations can continue to grow and learn together, and yes, perhaps continue to be a regular part of each other's lives.
("Thy light and truth shall set me free")
I walk around the Yale campus, profoundly moved as ever by its impressive beauty and history. Dining halls serve as war memorials, snippets of world wisdom grace the stonework of aged buildings - or new buildings designed to look aged! Communication boards bristle with fliers - comedy shows, social action events, protests, artwork, films political meetings. So much dedication to thought and reason, so much faith in the human mind, with enormous hope for the perpetuation of learning.