No one, but a mom who has been through this, would understand. I read somewhere that when the children leave home, for a mom it's the same feeling as for a man when he retires. I remember when my own father retired, he had a very difficult time and really wasn't the same person for years afterward. I remember my mom crying night after night at the dinner table when my brother left home. I myself have been very depressed lately, but if I didn't have my art to look forward to, it would be ten times worse.
Art is such a wonderful hobby. I would recommend to anyone, whether you think you have any talent or not, to just draw, paint, sculpt, knit, sew...anything at all that is creative..to help you through any tough times in your life. It is truly a blessing in my life. That and of course, my wonderful daughters and my true blue husband.
I know that passages in life is just what life is all about. You have to take the good with the bad. Yes, this is a tough one right now, but I know it's all for the best.