It’s not envy; it’s absence

Please read this VERY well written blog. I did not write this but I hope it speaks to you as it did to me.

the unexpected trip

Today at Trader Joe’s, I was surrounded by women my age or younger, all of whom had babies strapped to them, or toddlers in the cart, or little hands inside theirs. One mother beside me was picking out bags of nuts from the shelf, just like me, except she had a cheerleader in the cart beside her, a two-year-old boy going: “Yah! Yeah! Yahhh!!!” every time she tossed a bag of nuts into the cart.

“Yah!” the mother cheered back. “Nuts! Yeah! Woo!”

“Yeah!!!” he cried, then threw back his head and roared with laughter.

They went on like this for ages, grinning, absolutely smitten with each other.

I moved away from them, and felt that empty space in the front of my own cart yawning wide.

I adjusted my eyes so that I couldn’t see any details around me—shifted my eyes into “middle distance” mode. I usually do this…

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2 responses to “It’s not envy; it’s absence

    • No problem. I hope I reblogged it correctly, never done that before. I really hope getting that off your chest helped you as much as it helped me to read it! You are not alone in these feelings but this too shall pass! Thanks again.

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