Reflections on Identity

Empty Nesting Before It’s Time

Finding Purpose in the Quiet Days without Kids

Laura Friedman Williams
Published in
7 min readFeb 11, 2024

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Photo by Luke Brugger on Unsplash

This is me, learning to feel complete: sitting in a hotel bar alone with a plate of french fries and a glass of Chardonnay. I am in my own city, a mere six blocks from the apartment I now call home. The hotel bar is filled with people just passing through; being amongst…

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Laura Friedman Williams
Human Parts

Author of AVAILABLE: A Very Honest Account of Life After Divorce (Boro/HarperUK June ‘21; Harper360 May ‘21). Mom of three, diehard New Yorker.