Happy But Sad
Abbie found Kyle sitting out on the front step, staring at the night sky.
She sat down beside him. “Hey, watcha thinkin’ about?”
Still staring up, not looking at her, he said, “Did you ever feel happy for someone else, but sad for yourself, and then you feel guilty because who cares what you think, it’s not your life, and this…other person, and her sons, are going back to their normal lives and that’s the way it should be, especially because this other person has been away from her husband for a year, but you still want this other person and her sons to know that they’ll be missed and things won’t be the same without them, and it was so special having them around for so long even though it wasn’t under the best of circumstances, and you also want to say that you’re sorry you didn’t spend as much time with them as you wanted to while they were around, but you hope this other person and her sons know that you love them and it was great having them here and you hope they have safe travels back home and get back to normal quickly because that will make you happy even though you’ll miss them and that’ll suck…you ever feel that way?”
Abbie hugged him and said, “Yeah…I think I know what you’re talking about.”
Kyle hugged her back and said, “I’ll miss you and those little maniacs, Sis.”
“I’ll miss you too…and if you’d like, I could always leave the boys here.”
They looked at each other and had a good laugh.
*For my sister Allison and her little maniacs, Minori and Rei. We miss you already.*