I realized with a start the other day that this house doesn't sound the same. No, there are no conversations any more but it's more than that. There are no sounds of daily living.
Someone was doing some work here in the kitchen the other day and I was in my office working. When he was done he started to clean up and was using the kitchen sink.
All of a sudden the house sounded "normal" again. I heard running water in the kitchen sink. I heard things clanging and being bumped. I heard another human being inhabit this space and for a second I could pretend it was John.
It felt good.