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How The Fear Of An Empty Nest Taught This Mom About Herself

It was the first day of Becky Blades' daughter's senior year of high school, and Blades was feeling emotional.

She walked into her daughter's room hoping to immerse herself with childhood relics, but was greeted instead by a floor covered entirely by dirty laundry.

Her first thought? "This child is not ready."

"No matter what any college admission's officer might say, she is not ready," Blades recalled to HuffPost Live's Caroline Modarressy Tehrani. "This is not my best work. I am not done here."

But it turned out, Blades realized, that it was really she who was not ready for her daughter to leave.

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