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Come back soon

October 5, 2012 - Kristy MacKaben
It's just so quiet. I can't help but be sad. I miss the little things: the sight of my mom's glass of iced tea in the fridge filled with ice, and the sound of my dad watching Judge Judy during Johnny's naptime. My parents came to visit us in Chicago for two weeks, and they quickly became part of our everyday lives. So much so, that their absence will be sorely missed. After they left this morning, I moped around the house, wondering whether I should nap away my heartache or eat another oatmeal cookie they left behind. I just feel so alone, knowing they are driving back to Cumberland, Maryland--10 hours away. We won't see them again until Christmas. In the excitement of moving to Chicago, I didn't really have time (or the will) to think about how far I would be from my parents. I have never in my life been this far away from them. I thought it would be OK (and I know it will), but it doesn't make it easy right now. Living in Altoona, we were just an hour away, so my parents were there for everything---from holidays and birthdays to Julie's soccer games and classroom parties at school. It hurts to think that we won't have that again (at least any time soon). Last night my heart broke as Julie and Johnny cried uncontrollably (to be truthful, I'm not sure Johnny knew why he was crying) about my parents leaving. Julie couldn't be consoled and refused to stop crying until "Meme and Papa tell me they will stay forever." I have to admit I felt the same. It was a wonderful two weeks filled with fun adventures like the boat cruise on the Chicago River, a trip to the American Girl Cafe and picking out pumpkins at a local farm. But, it was the regular moments that I'm not sure I can live without: tennis matches with my dad, my mom faithfully reading "Junie B Jones" to Julie every night, my dad playing Legos with Johnny and going along with Julie's made-up card games and family dinners every night. I'm so thankful for the time we had together, but Christmas seems so far away. What will we do without them?

 
 

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