Thanks, stuh and jes.
noddy -- heh! Yeah, I think that's the way is was with my parents too. Wait! I
was the last one to leave home, what am I saying? After I left, however, there was a revolving door of first one, then another, child returning home to live with my folks. I could tell the difference in how well my parents got along when there was (or wasn't) a child living in the house. My father was much more attentive to my mother when there were no offspring competing for her attentions.
At this point, I'm looking forward to changes and new beginnings. Not that I don't love my kids, just that I'm looking forward to all of us moving on to the next stage. I've recently heard that 35% of college graduates in the US are returning home to live with their parents after finishing school. I think my next house might be a small cottage, the perfect size for two, in the middle of a swamp. I don't want to make it too appealing for long-term guests.