homesick

i have a frown on my face. my body feels heavy and my focus is fractured. i’m unable to give anything any thought longer than a minute.

except the thought i miss my family.

this quiet, this solitude i craved is too much, too big, too not what i truly want. i want to return to the chaos of my family, the lack of privacy, and time, and choice. i want my day to be structured around the babies mac and making them laugh and chalk drawings and leggos and fisher price toys and guessing when sister E will wake up and how do i get her to buy that adorable dress and walks around the neighborhood and laundry (no quarters needed!) and shopping and ways to help sister J cool down and talking and sharp bursts of misunderstanding and letting our hair down and wearing PJs until 2pm because there’s never time to shower and change when the babies mac are awake and commanding attention and emptying the dishwasher and making dinner and a too small kitchen table and when to ask dad to make us cocktails and naps and misguided tours and that pantry and bagels and ice cream and shuffling the cards for mom because her thumbs are sore from too many years of doing that exact motion and technological adventures and laughter and discussions with bro-in-law T about bird bones and moving trucks and how even he likes THE HUNGER GAMES.

i want to walk over to the sink and find it full of dishes, even though i just did them 15 minutes ago. it’s life lived messily, but loved cleanly.

i want to be where one equals one family instead of just me.

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6 Responses to “homesick”

  1. adriana (@adicloud) Says:

    Boo homesickness :( It sucks. *hugs* *hugs more*

    “it’s life lived messily, but loved cleanly” = I LOVE THIS!

  2. lindagrimes Says:

    Awww. Such a poignant homage to family life. I’m sorry you’re missing your family. *hugs*

    You know what, though? You are incredibly blessed to have a family that can make you miss them so much. :)

    • abby mumford Says:

      (1) thanks for commenting on multiple posts today! you’re a true gem.

      (2) yes, the silver lining in this homesickness is that i’m grateful to have a reason to feel this way, so i’m just going to let myself feel it and hopefully will be a bit more sunshiney tomorrow.

  3. Sister J Says:

    You succeeded in making me cry! I miss you so much too and can’t stand that it is going to be so long until I am wrapped in the warmth of our family again! I am so blessed that you were able to come see us so many times in the last month. Both of my kids love their aunt Abby so much! Baby Mac talks about you every day and wants to play with you. I can’t wait till we are all home again in the chaos! Love you!!

    • abby mumford Says:

      I didn’t mean to make you cry, but, well, you made me cry, so I guess we’re even. :) The time will fly by and we’ll be crowded into one house again before too long. At least, that’s what I keep telling myself.

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