It dawned on me while pregnant with my last child that I was going to be one of those forever mothers. I don't mean "once a mother, always a mother". I mean, rather, with kids spanning almost 20 years apart, there would be no modern middle age, no empty nest syndrome or anything of the sort for me and my husband of 21 years. Nope. We were/are in it for the long haul. Day in and day out parenting.