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The house was eerily quiet this morning. After sitting on the porch for my usual early morning cup of coffee, I came back in and noticed the utter silence of the house—an empty, hollow feeling, like all the molecules of energy had been sucked out. Yesterday, my hubby Bill and I became empty nesters after we dropped our youngest off at college. I didn’t know our house could sound so quiet. Typically, I love silence. In our family, I’m known as the noise Nazi, especially when it comes to the volume on the tv. If I happen to be watching something and my husband walks in the room to join me, he’ll wait a few minutes before he politely asks, “Can you actually hear what they’re saying?” My kids also call me Storm Cloud from the endless times I have marched downstairs at one or two in the morning in one of my nightgowns (for some reason they think the nightgown makes me look scarier) and … [continue reading...] about Empty Nesters