i haven't been with my family for Thanksgiving in ten years.
not for a DECADE, have i had my mother's cooking over Thanksgiving, not since 1992. 1993 found me away at school in June, never to return.
that's a lonely thought.
i was able to come home from school over Christmas a few times, so i think that it's only been 8 years since i opened presents with my family Christmas morning.
Jess, i know you're reading this, please know that you and mom are in my thoughts and my heart, and that i miss both of you very much. I think that this year, for some reason, it's much harder to be away from you two.
I love you. *she says as she wipes tears from her eyes*
+ addendum - note to self: if you start feeling teary eyed, take OFF your eye make up BEFORE anything spills.