The hardest thing I’ve found about kids leaving home has to do with food. It wasn’t hard increasing grocery shopping to accommodate one more when our first baby started eating solid food. When children are little they don’t eat much. As we added children over the years the ‘shops’ gradually grew to fill more tummies and bigger tummies. I learned how to cook a little more for each meal a little at a time. The increase was slight and incremental, almost imperceptible, until one day about 15 years ago, with older kids boomeranging and all, I realized it took $350 and two shopping carts every week to satisfy the job of filling tummies.