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She Make it Home

Story ID:10965
Written by:Michael Timothy Smith (bio, link, contact, other stories)
Story type:Story
Location:Caldwell Idaho USA
Year:2016
Person:Ginny
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I lifted Ginny’s luggage from the trunk of our car and hugged her, “I’m going to
miss you so much, Baby.”

She hugged me back. “I’ll miss you too, Hun.”

I watched her roll her bag to the check-in. I sat in the car and watched her hand
it to the porter. I drove away with tears in my eyes.

Ginny was off to North Carolina for a month-long visit with her son and his family.

I arrived home at 5 A.M. Our kitty came out and stared at me. “Where’s Mom, Daddy?”

That’s what I imagined she asked.

I sat in the same apartment we’ve lived in for five years, but it was different without her.

Our apartment has two bedrooms and two bathrooms. We have a living room, a tiny
kitchen and a nice master closet off the master bathroom.

We’d like more room, but we get by with what we have.

At sat there at 5 A.M. and looked around. On our kitchen table was Ginny’s art
supplies. Propped in various locations were pieces the art she creates. Our kitty stared at me.

The silence drilled through me.

At my feet, beneath our coffee table, rested a couple pairs of Ginny’s shoes. On the
counter in the bathrooms were earrings and necklaces she left behind.

I climb into bed at night and feel the emptiness.

Our apartment is just a box made with wood and plaster. It’s a shell we live in.

I feel alone. I live here, but without Ginny, I’m in a hollow box.

Ginny turns this box into a home. She brings color and love and turns a box into
something I look forward to coming home to.

She makes it a home.

Michael T. Smith