“It’s strange to be in such a quiet house,” said Hannah that evening. “I can’t tell you how many times I wished for silence when the kids were driving me up a wall. Now, it’s just us. Don’t get me wrong. I love that we can finally enjoy the peace and quiet as empty nesters, but there’s something almost lonely about it as well.”
“Do you want me to make a couple of phone calls and have them come back here?” Edward joked. “I think you’ll be changing your mind before morning.”
“Don’t even think about it.” Hannah laughed as they went into the bedroom.
Several hours later, when Edward was sleeping deeply, Hannah awoke. She gazed around in the still darkness, only a gentle breeze playing with the curtains by the window. Hannah left the bedroom and went into the living room. She found the familiar comfort of the rocking chair and pulled a photo album from the pile of books on the nearby table. Turning the table lamp on, Hannah relived memories as she smiled down at pictures of her kids as they grew up.
The ghosts of the past still echoed through these walls. The laughter and the tears of three children were etched on Hannah’s heart and imprinted on her memory bank. She gently closed the album and set it aside, moving to the piano bench. She didn’t dare make any sound with the keys at this late hour, but she pretended to play “The Entertainer,” a family favorite. She could hear the music, and closing her eyes, Abbi was still a five-year-old, dancing and giggling as her mother played. Glen was shaking his head, pretending he was too old for such nonsense, but eventually joining in. Even Brenda couldn’t resist, and before long, the memory came alive again. The music ended in Hannah’s mind, and the apparitions of her children faded.
Even deeper, the music played. Hannah’s life was far from over. The song still had a story to tell.
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