Empty Nest, Full Hearts: This Couple Celebrated Their Kids Leaving For College In A Hilarious Way

Date August 31, 2018

Watching your children grow up and leave for college, or just simply moving out of the house they grew up in, can be tough on any parent. But the best way to look at it is not to mourn the end of an era, but celebrate the beginning of a new chapter in your life. We turn to Vicky and Jeff Piper, a couple that figured out how to commemorate their kids stepping into adulthood with humor.

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Celebrating new chapter

Vicky and Jeff Piper had watched both of their children, daughter Caitlyn and son Cameron, leave for college and were overwhelmed by saying goodbye to them. Their house felt too empty and they knew that things would never be the same.

But the couple didn't sulk for long. Although it was sad to see their kids leave, Vicky and Jeff agreed that they're going to look forward to the future. As Vicky told PEOPLE:

My husband and I had been really talking about what life would look like for us. He was just like, ‘I would love to just be able to date you all over again. It’s going to be good, and we’ll have time to go do stuff for us.’ 

However, their friends and family were concerned for the couple and kept checking in on them with texts and phone calls. Vicky and Jeff decided to let everyone know they're good with a hilarious photoshoot.

Jeff found an empty bird's nest for a perfect metaphor and Vicky wrote 'empty nest' with a date just because that's what millennials do nowadays.

Public reactions

The photos immediately went viral as people found Jeff and Vicky's sense of humor amazing. Some even felt inspired and wanted to do a similar photoshoot when their kids go off to college.

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As for Piper's children, Caitlyn and Cameron, they absolutely loved the photos, as Vicky shared:

They both said, ‘You guys are having way too much fun without us!’ As a family, we have a lot of fun, but they thought perhaps we would just be sitting around and doing nothing!

We can all learn such great optimism and strength from Vicky and Jeff. Although separation is hard, positive outlook and planning activities for yourself help to stay distracted from the inevitable sadness.

Stay in touch with your kids, but keep in mind that this is the time for them to learn how to become independent. As for you, now you can finally relax and embrace not being responsible for someone else, enjoy your 'me' time!

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