Its been about three and a half years since my sister and I moved out of our parent's house, and a year and a half since JoEllen split for the West coast. Christmas was the last time the four of us have been together for any significant amount of time...so, these last few days (and upcoming week) mean much to me in terms of reconnection. I relish in watching my mother beam with glee when she is around her two daughters. She misses us on a monumental level and can barely contain her enthusiasm when we are all around...it's incredibly cute!
I think we are all a little broken hearted.
But, slowly, quietly, the sting of distance begins to fade.