My grandson and his parents returned from camping to fill my house with energy and laughter. And they stayed for my birthday and even brought presents.
Then my nephew and his family came – my grandniece and grandson delighting each other and all of the grown-ups. And they brought presents.
Then my brother came and melded into us as if we had never separated. And he brought a present.
And I received calls and/or texts from my older son and other nephew and my other grandniece. Plus lots of wonderful birthday cards. And Facebook notifications.
The house is quieter now and everything is pretty much put back together. [Put-back-together houses are over-rated.]
Some might worry that the house might feel a little empty and sad. But it doesn’t. All the laughter and love reverberated into the walls and floors and lodged permanently into my being.