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Thursday, November 3, 2011 mbl, MN J+|| Pitt|e+ "Slices of Lif+00" 1he empliness of pal00llthood years later, v to move into parents find dab in the n syndrome. ([ compensate t refilling the c When act 'hen a.baby is ready big boy (or gift) bed, themselves smack iddle of empty crib [nless they decide to or their emptiness by rib. Wink.) did is around age 12 Empty nest syndrome is the phrase used to describe the situa- tion that occurs when all the kid- dies fly the coop, leaving mom and dad alone in an empty house, a.k.a. "nest." Wikipedia describes the syn- drome as being accompanied by POSTMASTER: Send address changes to the Tri-County News, RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353. The Tri-County News (USPS 639- 180) is entered at the Post Office, Kimball, Minnesota 55353, as Periodi- cals. It is published Thursdays by the Tn-County News, Inc., RO. Box 220, Kimball MN 55353, Stearns County. LOCATION: Our office is at 70 Main Street South in downtown Kimbatt. So here's a reminder to them, and to everyone, to set your clocks BACK one hour Saturday night. the Cubs beat Lester Prairie. Enjoy the "extra" time this weekend. And GO CUBS! Girl Scouts hosting coat exchange The Kimball Gifts Scouts are hosting a coat exchange for the community. They are currenty accepting gently used and new coats as well as mittens, gloves, scarves and hats. Collection boxes have been set up at the following local businesses: Mom's Caf6, South Haven Diva's, Kimball Triple R Grill & Bar, Kimball Son of a Butcher, Kimball Main Street Pub, Kimball Aqua Lanes, Kimball You can also drop them off at the Experience Room in Kimball Elementary School. Coats will be accepted through Tuesday, Nov. 15. If you are in need of a winter coat, come to the Kimball Elemen- tary Experience Room between 2-6 Tuesday, Nov. 15. This event is open to all local families who are in need of a winter coat. Please stop by and pick one out. Chrysler helps raise money for KES Chrysler's Drive for the Kids TM is coming to Kimball Elementary School Mark your calendar! Wednes- day, Nov. 9, A.M. Maus and Son will join with parents and teachers at Kimball Elementary School for a fundraiser in support of P.I.E. During Kimball Elementary Chrysler's Drive for the Kids TM, parents and guests will have an opportunity to earn a $10 con- tribution for school from Chrys- ler by test driving the company's award-winning minivan, Town & Country, and five other cars, SUVs and trucks. Everyone is invited to join the fun. Any licensed driver, age 18 or older, may drive and earn a $10 donation for Kimball Ele- mentary School. There is no limit to the number of drives or Chrys- ler's contribution. A.M. Maus and Son will provide vehicles and insurance for the event, and vol- unteers from the dealership and P.I.E. will be on hand to help out with the fundraising test drives. "We love working with the school and really enjoy the oppor- tunity to support the kids and showcase our product," said Steve Maus ofA.M. Maus and Son. "Par- ents appreciate the chance to talk about the new automotive tech- nology and try the innovations for themselves, in a relaxed environ- ment. This year we are especially excited to show off the new, world class interior of the 2011 Town and Country along with more than 40 standard safety, security and technology features." ?Drive for the Kids TM fund- raisers are a lot of fun," contin- ued Steve Maus. "Everyone works together to help the kids. We hope to see you at the school from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9. Just look for the colorful Chrysler tent." In 1993, Chrysler introduced Drive for the Kids TM and became the first automotive manufacturer to reach out in direct support of local schools. Since then, Chrys- ler dealers have worked with par- ents and educators in communi- ties across the nation, and Chrys- ler has contributed an estimated $3.5 million to schools located in communities where Chrysler and its dealers do business. Learn more about Chrysler Group, LLC at www.chrysler.com. a general feeling of loneliness or abandonment. Not everyone per- ceives it this way. The nest may be empty but the glass is often half full. Many empty nesters embrace their situation. They believe having less people in the household leads to more - as in more time to pursue hobbies and other leisure pursuits as well as more money to spend on restau- rants, vacations and other acces- sories to pad the nest. Both optimists and pessimists agree empty nest syndrome sig- nifies a beginning. What they may not realize is that it is also an end- ing, serving as a culmination of a long line of emptiness that goes hand in hand with parenthood. I came to this conclusion when I noted a behavior pattern with a number of my friends. We aren't yet empty nesters, but our chil- dren have grown older and more independent. While their need for nurturing has decreased, our abil- ity to provide it has not. This leads us to the obvious. In an attempt to find an outlet for our need to nur- ture, we add a baby to the house- hold. Mine is a kitten. I have at least three friends who recently added a puppy to their brood. Our actions call attention to one of a myriad of empty moments in parenthood. I call this example empty lap syn- drome. There are more. During pregnancy, parents realize the daunting and awe- some task before them is even big- ger than making the car payment on time. They will be responsi- ble for another life and for helping mold their child's attitudes, beliefs and values about the world, a con- sciousness known as empty can- vas syndrome. This is followed by a number of empty syndromes, which build to a crescendo more deafening than the quiet of an empty nest. After a baby is born, empty womb syndrome kicks in. A few or 13, right ,efore his or her big growing spurt, parents experi- ence empty fridge syndrome. Soon thereafter comes empty closet syndrome, often characterized by the declaration, "Mom, none of my clothes fit anymore!" On a child's 16th birthday (give or take a day or two) parents find themselves in the midst of empty garage syndrome (also known as empty gas tank syndrome). At age 18, children graduate from high school. If they go on to college, parents may be deluged with empty bank account syn- drome. This is closely related to empty wallet syndrome, which unlike the other syndromes lasts the duration of parenthood and often well into the years spanning empty nest syndrome. This brings us full circle, to the empty nest portion of our pro- gram. Our little birds grow up and fly away on their own two wings. If we are lucky, they come back to visit often, perhaps bringing their own little birdies with them when they do. One can only hope. Parenthood is filled with empty moments that come as a man- datory part of the package. Most are related to letting go, which for some of us comes as one of the toughest parts of the job. Children enter our lives and it seems like they will be children forever. They learn to stand, then walk, then run and finally fly and all we can do is watch in awe. They may grow up and leave us with a nest that is empty, but when we look back, we understand that because of them our life has been anything but. Jill Pertler, award-winning syn- dicated columnist and author of "The Do-It-Yourselfer's Guide to Self-Syndication" is collecting fans on Facebook on her Slices of Life page. E-mail her at pertmn@ qwest.net; or visit her website at http://marketing-by-design.home. mchsi.com/. 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