Quiet in the House

It is now officially Christmas "Passed" or Past.  Either works.  Saturday morning we got up and went out to breakfast - me, my husband, our son, our daughter, our son-in-law, our grandson and our grandbaby-yet-to-be-born (sharing French Toast and sausage with Mom).
And after breakfast, we bid everyone a car-side farewell.  It was going home time.  I hate saying good-bye for now see you soon times.  The good thing about them is you are pretty sure you will see them again soon, barring some unforeseen plan God has for you or others.  Worst are the ones where you know it will be a long time between visits, and you don't know when it will happen again.  But we know we will see our daughter and grandson again in February and then in April when the baby is born.  And our son lives close by, so we have the advantage of being able to see him often.
After breakfast, we came home to a quiet house.  It had been the play yard of our grandson for days.  Our cat and dog were relaxing.  The cat especially.
So quiet.  We picked up remnants of the visit.  I won't need the red truck that makes back up beeping noises again until February.  I can throw away those egg cartons and paper towels tubes now.  They've done their jobs as rattly containers for little toys and as pirate telescopes. I can toss the plastic wrap that entertained with each pop as it was squeezed.
I'm sure I'll accumulate more before he returns.
I can hang my work of art on the refrigerator - the one done in pen on my optometrist's receipt - the one with holes poked in it where the pen "pop"ped through when it hit the edge of the leaf in the table.  My daughter gets the one done with crayon where he made a square that came out slanted and declared with delight "Kite!"
Yes, the house is quiet now.  Only "old people" noises now.  How nice to have it back for a bit.  Re-unite with our old routines, let the animals relax some, put things in place again.  But how precious it was to have that break from the ordinary, and how exciting to know it will happen again.  And next Christmas there will be a new set of bright eyes looking at our little tree.  I'm looking forward to a Christmas Future with another break from quiet in the house.


  1. So much truth in your post as to the after Christmas quiet. It was a special time and how lucky that you had your family with you. That is a time to be shared with loved ones.

    1. It was a wonderful family time to have. Very thankful for it!

  2. Happiness abounds in this Donna, and contentment. So glad you had a good time with your family! Now, keep cozy & enjoy that quiet time as you said. I won't see my son & family until the beach in late July-must just keep up in other ways this year! The grand-girls will keep me busy I know, but still will miss Carter. Happy Epiphany, or Three Kings Day!

    1. At least you will have July! Good thing there's FaceTime and Skype!
      Oh, and it's not a secret anymore..."it" is a "she". Yea! One of each.

  3. I, too, am trying to get back to ordinary life, but as my kids are still young not much changes from the craziness of Christmas. Glad yours was a wonderful experience.


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