Word of the Week – Empty

This week my two oldest children have been visiting their dad in the South of France.
It’s been a little quieter, a little easier on me with less meals to cook and a little less stressful with the little ones not annoying their older siblings all the time.
Most of all, however, it’s felt empty.
This is the first time they have been away since we moved here and suddenly this house feels huge without them. ED has a floor all to herself and I rarely go up there, but she still makes her presence felt around the house. Similarly, No1 Son spends a lot of time in his room, but he also spends time with the family. Suddenly it feels a lot emptier without them.
I think I know now that this isn’t going to be my home for life. Once the kids have left the nest then I’ll be looking for somewhere smaller. It’s lovely having a big house after being cramped up for so long in our old home, but I can’t even begin to imagine what it would be like with just the two of us here.

The Reading Residence


  1. October 17, 2014 / 5:14 pm

    Oh, I cannot even imagine this yet. I am usually with a small one and they never stay away from us! It must all feel so very quiet and empty, though, and yes, a little glimpse into the future. Hope they'll be back and noisy soon! Thanks for sharing with #WotW x

  2. October 17, 2014 / 6:10 pm

    Aww! Hugs! I can imagine it being so quiet too….I don't like the idea of that…
    Makes you appreciate them more when they come back though 🙂 x

  3. October 17, 2014 / 6:24 pm

    It crosses my mind from time to time what it will be like when they leave the nest … and I don't like the idea of it one little bit! Hopefully your 2 have a great time and they'll be back before you know it.

  4. October 17, 2014 / 9:47 pm

    Oh yes, empty and I imagine quiet too. Sometimes all we want is peace and space, but when it comes we want the noise back again. Hope the kids have a great time and you get a house full again soon. #wotw

  5. October 19, 2014 / 6:26 am

    Sometimes I love the peace and quiet, but the house always feels empty when H should be here and isn't. Somehow it's fine during the school day now, but not if he does something after school if that makes sense.

  6. October 19, 2014 / 1:36 pm

    I feel the house is empty if my two go out for a few hours, so it must be strange to have your two eldest gone for more than a few hours. I think that empty is an appropriate word for you this week and I hope that your home doesn't feel empty for too much longer!

    Popped over from #WotW.

  7. October 19, 2014 / 4:01 pm

    I feel like that whenever J is not around, I think because he can feel so demanding at times. I crave for some quiet time and then if i get it, it feels strange as it is so quiet. Hope yours have a nice time on hols. xxx

  8. October 20, 2014 / 8:42 am

    Ah, I hope they had a good time. I am sure you will be wishing for peace and quiet when they return 😉

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