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Photo Credit Douglas M MacIlroy


Closing time.  

Martha thought this was the saddest time of the year.  It was the end of early morning walks on the beach, searching for shells and sea glass.  It was the end of carefree summer days, reading under the umbrella on hot lazy afternoons.  It also meant returning home to forecasts of fog, rain,  icy snowy days and  darkness in the late afternoon.  This would be the first “empty nest” winter. The kids were both settled on campus.

It would just be Martha and Bill for the first time in many years.

 Martha smiled.



One hundred words (mine was 98 this week)  Hosted by Rochelle for the weekly Friday Fictioneers.  You will enjoy the stories there.  I guarantee.




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26 Responses to Changes

  1. Love that last line! Who says growing older has to be depressing?

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  2. MissTiffany says:

    Oh I love it! For some an empty nest might be devastating, but I think Martha’s looking forward to having some time for just her and Bill again. Love the positivity!


  3. Ruth, Empty nest is definitely not a problem for everyone. Well written. 🙂 — Susan


  4. Margaret says:

    A wonderful story. So real. I love the seasonal setting and the connection with wintry emotions.


  5. LB says:

    Definitely smiled in my home, too!
    Nicely done, as always!


  6. Thanks for not leaving us with a sad ending! May they enjoy their empty nest.


  7. Dear Ruth,

    As one who “suffers” empty nest I related. Martha’s smile at the end says it all. Well done.




  8. Sandra says:

    Time for her to take a break. Nicely done.


  9. storydivamg says:

    That last line makes your story, Ruth. Good one this week.

    All my best,
    Marie Gail


  10. Amy Reese says:

    Sounds like she is ready to settle in and enjoy this life change. Nice one!


  11. hugmamma says:

    I can relate. I love my only child dearly. But time with hubby now that we’re empty nesters is…golden.


  12. Elizabeth says:

    Hi Ruth, the end of summer is always depressing to me, I can feel all these you describe in your story. My kids are still small at home, I can’t imagine how it will be when they leave home.


  13. A smile is better than a grimace, it gives them impression of a warm and cozy winter.


  14. I think finding that the glass is still half full make all the difference.. love that smile.


  15. Nice to have a positive spin on this.


  16. Somehow I can sense that smile at this distance – without an empty nest even.


  17. I love your 98 words– you are so good at this!

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