If you can't make it better you can laugh at it. ~Erma Bombeck


Thursday, November 15, 2007

The Sound of An Empty Nest

A friend of mine with two sons barreling into adolescence, full speed (and sound) ahead, asked me, “What is the sound of an empty nest?” My first response was “Bliss.” Then I listened more closely.

The sound of an empty nest is chicken cordon bleu instead of chicken nuggets; McAlister’s Deli instead of McDonald’s playground.

It is the completion of a movie without the click of the channel surfer and the quiet evening spent enjoying a good book by the fire instead of a loud and rowdy game of Uno at the table. It is the soothing sounds of cool jazz on a peaceful drive to the shopping center instead of the giggly, energized chatter over boom-boom-booming rock.

It’s the tick, tick, ticking of the clock waiting for a call from 1000 miles away instead of footsteps running to catch the phone before the latest crush hangs up.

It is the silence of tears falling as a long forgotten lovey is stored away in a now empty room. It is the soft whisper of arms aching for the warmth of a hug, of trembling lips longing for just one more goodnight kiss.

It’s the echo of regret mingled with the soft voice of hope that one day, in the not so distant future, the clatter of little feet and the clamor of little giggles will drown out the noise of the empty nest.


  1. I don't know whether to smile or cry at this one. All my kids are grown but the youngest, 20, still lives at home. He has a 16 month old daughter who comes to visit each weekend and she has become one of my and my husband's biggest joys. She keeps us busy and laughing. She leaves on Sunday nights and by Monday afternoon I miss her already. Still loving your blog. Margie

  2. This post was fantastic!!! What a wonderful description of the empty nest. It brought tears to my eyes. Sometimes I look forward to an *empty nest* and then there are the days when I don't want my girls (9 and 12)to ever leave home. Thanks for this...

  3. Margie - Thank you so much! I'm glad you keep checking back. Enjoy your grandbaby enough for both of us, OK? I doubt I'll ever get any.

    Sandra - Thank you so much for the words of high praise. I was a little afraid to open up that much. I'm glad my feelings touched you. Enjoy your babies while you can. They are grown and gone all too soon.


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