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Tara Nina: Don’t Blink
Thursday, March 5th, 2015

For months, my youngest has been preparing to move to Florida. My hubby and I have joked about her leaving and how happy we’d be to have the house all to ourselves. I went along with him until now.

Now it’s a reality. She will be moving at the end of March. Her job transfer came through and she’s finishing packing. Not sure how I feel about this. Unhappy. Apprehensive. After all, she is my baby. When they said don’t blink, they’ll be grown in an instant.

It’s true.

Yesterday, we were bringing her home from the hospital all cute, tiny and cuddly, in need of our help to make her strong and teach her right from wrong.  We patched her skinned knees. Kissed her boo-boos. Watched every game of every sport she decided she wanted to play. Brushed the knots from her hair.

I’m not ready for her to leave. Where’s the handbook on how to let them go? Unfortunately, I know I have no choice. It’s a fact of life. Kids grow, mature and fly away. All I can do is hope she realizes the door is always open if she ever needs to come home. Any suggestions on how to make this easier? Besides wine. It’s not working. LOL.


Tara Nina



Dual Release

Book five in the Cursed MacKinnons series.

A lead on a demonic cult lands Cait and Jenny in the arms of a pair of scrumptious twin Scottish lairds. Hot sex fueled by danger tightens their bonds with these men. But sunlight plays against them. Dour and Donnell MacKinnon are cursed. Just the girls’ luck—they finally find the perfect men and they’re gargoyles.

The cult wants the MacKinnons dead. Cait and Jenny want them in their beds. Men by night. Gargoyles by day. It’s a battle against evil these women are determined to win.

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5 comments to “Tara Nina: Don’t Blink”

  1. Shirley Long
    · March 5th, 2015 at 12:04 pm · Link

    Yes, it is a fact of life that kids grow up and leave. However, I’ve discovered that they ALWAYS find their way back. And usually they bring others with them………boyfriends, husbands, children, etc. It’s hard to let them go but that is our job as parents. We raise them, teach them, love them and then bam…….let them go. I know it’s hard but if you’ve done your job, and I’m sure you have, she is ready to fly and make you even prouder.
    Speaking from experience, it does get easier. May take a while, but you will get use to it. The only thing that still sometimes bothers me is the quietness. So, I just find something else to do, cook, read, leave the house, etc. Life is what you make it and I’m sure you’ll make it thru this. Eventually……………..

  2. Tig
    · March 5th, 2015 at 12:11 pm · Link

    Make a list of all the things you told yourself you were going to start doing when you had more time on your hands and less worry right under your nose and split them into how much of a time commitment they are. From the little things like having a coffee at a time when you would usually busy helping them with stuff, to rebellious acts of post-parenthood like going away on a retreat for a few days.

    Then start checking things off your list. 😉

  3. Pansy Petal
    · March 5th, 2015 at 5:32 pm · Link

    That non-existent parenting handbook . . . Sure would be helpful, maybe. 😉 Not at all. For each of us the dealing with empty nest is different. For me? Watching my babies fly and making me proud. Then discovering I had all this time for the hobbies I loved, like reading and quilting. It is an interesting process, but so fulfilling. Fly baby, fly!

  4. Ginger Robertson
    · March 5th, 2015 at 8:52 pm · Link

    Hi Tara

    Yes, it’s hard. But if you know that you’ve brought your daughter up right, you have to trust in God. Be glad that she is out being a responsible adult in society. And, of course continue to have open arms, ears and heart.

    Continue to be a proud and supportive mom.


  5. ButtonsMom2003
    · March 5th, 2015 at 11:35 pm · Link

    My husband and I have no children but we left our home state to move to Florida after I retired. While it’s something we both wanted to do I still miss “home.” I have a sister still in Ohio so I go to visit her and friends one or two times a year.

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