Warren County couple's "empty nest" photo shoot goes viral
LEBANON, Ohio (WKRC) - Jeff and Vicky Piper talk to their daughter, Caitlyn, on FaceTime. The 20-year-old is studying at Hillsong College in Australia.
A few days ago, the Pipers dropped off their son at Saginaw Valley State University in Michigan where he's studying and playing football.
After nearly 25 years of marriage, the Pipers are now officially empty nesters. Jeff is a criminal justice instructor. Vicky is a realtor serving the Greater Cincinnati and Dayton areas. Together, they came up with the idea of a photo shoot after their friends thought they'd be sad that the kids are gone.
Vicky said, "I just happened to think about how the Millenials do so many of their milestones. They put the date, whether it be a pregnancy or an adoption or something exciting in their life, they put a month and year, and so I'm like, I'm going to put August 2018."
Jeff added, "At our garage, we had a wreath that was out there and a bird had built an actual nest in it and it's been there for a couple of years and I said, let me go get that."
A friend at church shot the pics.
At first it was a private joke on Facebook, but when Vicky made the post public, it went viral. Even Caitlyn's friends got a kick out of it.
"I posted it on my Instagram story, and a lot of my friends here thought it was really funny and started sharing it to their friends," Caitlyn said.
The couple says it's resonating with younger and older generations.
Vicky said, "For the younger generation, I think that it's probably odd for them to see, if you want to say, their parents or the older generation do something that was very Millenial trending."
"I think we have set kind of a trend for people to giving them a little bit of hope to say, you can do this. It's okay. It doesn't have to be a sad moment. It can be kind of a happy moment," Jeff said.
The Pipers are empty nesters, but their home is still filled with love for each other.
Caitlyn said, "Just as a young adult watching them go into this new season as well, just seeing them fall in love all over again in such a beautiful and unique way."
The kids may not need them as much, but they can always fly home if they do.