Empty Nest & Watercolour Ponies Song (Sept 2020 Post 5 of 30)


I had these nest photos waiting to share. 

When I was cleaning up photos, saw this “dryer lint” photo (next) – which was taken before my son moved to Texas for a job.  Oops – he accidentally washed and dried his lip balms.




Anyhow, I guess this post is all about seasons.  

Seasons of life with little ones – nurtured in the nest.

Seasons of life when the nest is then empty  –

Seasons where we smile to embrace natural cycles and life’s seasons.

Back in 1995, I had this “various artists” CD with remakes of “hit” songs.  One of the songs was a cover of Watson’s  “Watercolour Ponies” song.   I overplayed that CD and a few other ones in my bin; 1995 was a lackluster year – esp. around the summer time -some readers might recall that I usually went back to Fla. for the summers, but in ’95, I stayed in CO – and was meant to – I met sweet Shanna and her family on the 4th of July – here – and then met my spouse at the end of summer. 

At the time, I liked the Watercolour Ponies song  – I thought it was “sweet” – 

However, it was not until MANY years later that I understood the experience the song depicted.

Many years later I “got it” – when my children “looked a little less boys every day.” 

Watercolor Ponies (some of the lyrics) 

There are watercolour ponies on my refrigerator door
And the shape of something, I don’t really recognize
Brushed with careful little fingers and put proudly on display
A reminder to us all of how time flies

Seems an endless mound of laundry and a stairway laced with toys
Gives a blow by blow reminder of the war
That we fight for their well-being for their greater understanding
To impart a holy reverence for the Lord

But baby, what will we do..

when it comes back to me and you…
They look a little less like little boys every day
Oh, the pleasure of watchin’ the children growin’ is mixed with a bitter cup
Of knowin’ the watercolour ponies…

will one day…

ride away



Let’s end with a smile – 🙂


Love this comic – but trust me – we are rather content our birds flew…. and our brown Lab arrived in such sweet time)












20 thoughts on “Empty Nest & Watercolour Ponies Song (Sept 2020 Post 5 of 30)

  1. Just hope that the empty nest moment still leaves you with something meaningful – it isn’t like that for all, sadly.

    I’d never heard that song before, but as I’m neither contemporary or Christian that may not be surprising 😉

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    1. Hi Clive – yes – I have seen many a folks displaced – and a lot of couples can let their garden go dry and without the children they seem to not have much during empty nest phase (or even before that) and hey – sometimes it is not anybody’s fault – people were either improperly matched from the start or just grew and changed so much that it really was not a long term fit.
      And I know that early on in the parenting years someone reminded us that “our job is to prepare them for independence” and other little words of wisdom helped during the many changes and seasons that came and went.
      and I knew you were neither contemporary nor Christian – but you sure are a cool dude – and have some nice contemporary views as you “do what you do” with your music, writing, and just connecting in blog land – and grateful to have you in my blog circle Clive (but no more of this warm talk – far too much of it this month already – hahah – kidding)

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      1. Hi Yvette. It does become an issue for many, for the reasons you mention. Hopefully it will never be the case for you!

        Thanks for your kind words – I’ve not been called a cool dude before! I enjoy the link up we get from blogging, it makes it worthwhile and makes it a much better form of social media than spewing vitriol at people on Twitter 😊


        1. hahah – laughing at the twitter comment – oh my goodness – and the WP format works better for me too – just my style.
          A few months ago we were somewhere and this lady looked at e and said – “well you missed it because you are not online” excuse me, I thought, I am just not online in your crowded facebook world – but what a little snarky and not well rounded comment – and really Clive – isn’t everyone a little online? oh my goodness

          and even though I feel a grateful sense of contentment with empty nesting – the whole transition did – and still does – take getting used to – and I am still adjusting.
          Huge change and I grieve a little – but not in the way to want it back again – it is a contented grief – if that makes sense –

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        2. Seemed fair comment to me, it’s why I rarely use it these days, apart from blog promotion. Facebook is more controllable – at least you only get abuse there from people you know…

          I’m glad you’re content with the situation, many aren’t! It’s good that you’ve found a way to make it work.

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    1. Hi Maria – thanks for your comment – and the funny thing after this post I read your weekend coffee share where you mentioned your daughter and the dail time you always have with here (which I already new from your days in the States and posts back then) anyhow, seems like you are embracing the days with your child – and that is one of the key things that I think allows for sweetness in the empty nest phase. This feeling of conttentment – not from perfection – but from knowing we gave our best and made certain decisions that were key for foundational stuff to allow those watercolor ponies to fly with a a good foundation


  2. Great post, Yvette. LOL @ the washed and tumble dried lip balm. 🤣 My daughter is only now coming to terms with the empty nest syndrome, three years after her son left home. She’s decided that his bedroom would be a much more comfortable space for her home office than the small space she presently squeezes herself and her files into.


    1. hahah – yes – when we convert there rooms – well we know all is well !
      and my son went off for college for a year and then came back home for a year – so that break made the coming back year extra extra special.
      and regarding his lip balms – two things stand out – first – glad he uses good products (no chemicals) and second – how did the endure the wash and dry? oh well

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