The Ebb and Flow of the Empty Nest

A few days ago my husband and I dragged six heavy containers of holiday ornaments into storage. While I was happy to have that chore done once again, the house looked bare. It wasn’t only the decorations. The kids had gone back to their own homes and lives, leaving a few reminders behind: a half-empty bag of kale and some bottles of light beer in the fridge.

I soon realized, though, that others shared the postholiday empty nest blues.

“And then the house went utterly quiet. #emptynestagain,” Sharon Hodor Greenthal said in a post on her Facebook page. Dozens of friends chimed in, all lamenting the stillness.

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