Alice had been gone for far too long. She longed to be back home with her family,smelling her mom’s cooking and listening to her father play the harmonica She moved away hoping to start over and make things better, but she just wanted things to go back to the way they were. She had made new friends and had found a great job and even a boyfriend or two but yet she still wasn’t happy. All her friends could see in her eyes that she wasn’t happy and they told her to visit her family.”No” she would tell them. I just can’t you don’t understand. “Make us understand.” they would say. “You wouldn’t understand.” Alice would mumble back.
Alice had been really close to her Grandpa, who used to live with the family until he suddenly passed away. Alice was heart broken. She didn’t know how she was going to go on. Her mother tried to comfort her and say “He’s in a better place and he isn’t suffering anymore.” But that didn’t help. Alice needed a change. She couldn’t watch her mother be happy on the outside and sad on the inside. And her dad just the same. Her parents seemed to just move on like nothing happened. Alice knew she had to do something.
“I’m moving away.” Alice announced one day. “I need a change.” Her parents were shocked. They didn’t say anything but “If you think its best, we wish you all the luck.” Alice packed up her things and moved to the city. She found a place to live and started to look for a new job. She was surprised to find one quickly. Working in an office answering the phones. She quickly made friends with the other ladies in the office and she was feeling pretty good about herself. Until after a year of being in the city, she was starting to feel home sick.
She realized that her moving away was not solving any problems and she needed to do something about it. She picked up the phone and called her mom. “Hello, mom.”
“Alice! It is so nice to hear your voice.”
“Mom I want to come for a visit.”
“Oh sure honey, anytime.”
“How about next weekend?”
“We can’t wait.”
Alice hung up the phone and wondered if that was the right thing to do.
Inspired by the Daily Post.
When you’re away from home, what person, thing, or place do you miss the most?