Leaving Home

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I read somewhere recently that in modern families, children grow up and then leave home and come back several times before they are really on their own. Leaving Home by Dutch animator Joost Lieuwma illustrates this in the story of Richard, who gamely tries to fledge the nest but is drawn back by forces out of his control. The tale is both funny and bittersweet.

Just last night, I admitted that I really prefer to do the entire family's laundry myself, but I will put up with the extra effort of making my daughters take care of their own clothes, because that's a skill they will need as adults. If this story is any indication, it will pay off in the long run. -via the Presurfer  

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I never really thought about it, but I did that a couple times myself. Once after I got out of the Army and went back to college, and another time between jobs just before I got married. Three of my four children did it at least one time each. It's nice that parents can provide that safe haven.
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