I enter the house to silence.
No laughter around the table.
No voices echoing up the stairwell.
No pool balls clicking together.
No arguments, or shouts at ballgames, or washing machines churning.
No music playing or being played.
All is still.
This is empty nest.
I check my heart, and it is still beating. Hard to believe that without my children here it knows how to keep on going. They have been my heartbeat for soooo many years. A smile crosses my face at the thought of all that has been in this house even as tears fill my eyes. They are not sad tears but grateful ones. Grateful for all the heartbeats. Grateful for memories and seasons.
Still… it is so very quiet.
It will take some getting used to. The usual clamor of in and out, open and close, cars coming and going… All silent now.
As I sit in this noiseless house I HEAR a voice I recognize.
He knows my heartbeat and he sees my tears.
He is peace to my soul…as always.
He smiles and I can hear it in his voice as he says, “Now I can speak to you in hushed tones and shared whispers and you will hear me.”
I smile because he is right. I do.
And so begins a new beginning….