My Empty Nest is Emptier Today
My empty nest is emptier today
after all of my children and grandchildren
all came home for a very brief stay
They spoiled me like a little kid
with gorgeous smiles,
remember mom when this and that or this other
referencing the good times she had with her only brother
sometimes I wonder if their memories
are fiction or actually fact
They will never know how much
they are missed by their father and mother
I tour the house after they all leave
for fainted hints of their perfumes and colognes
and objects they have left behind
that constantly remind
me of the things they did and said
like: my son’s hearty chuckle
my daughter’s pumpkin bread
my grandson Nicholas and his
little dance to Elmo’s Alphabet Song,
and Isaiah’s curious questions about
nature and dinosaurs.
It soothes me to look at
all the pictures I have of them
all around the house.
All is so very quiet;
Not a single rouse,
My empty house is emptier
than it ever was before
But it is what it is
Can anyone ever blame me
for wanting to see them more.
I scan the empty spaces
as tears run down my face
my eyes are a little blurry
yet focus on something small
sitting on Grandma’s favorite chair
just one lonely small sock abandoned
my dear Nicholas is there.
I gently place it
by his perfect picture
hugging his favorite teddy bear
I pray the next time I see them
will be just a little quicker.
In the meantime my empty nest
is emptier than it ever was before
All I know is
as days go by
for all my children grows
more and more and more.
Melba Christie (C) 2014
I am aching as I read this – my story as well. All the pictures, the memories, and the vast emptiness.
I wish your loved ones to return very soon. You and I will long be gone before they realize.