The first morning of summer vacation with no morning alarm jarring me awake or sandwiches to wrap or buses to catch slipped into our home as quietly as the morning sun. The day began with dragging all 4 girls to LabCorps where CB became a human pincushion for her periodic blood draw to check liver functioning and medication levels. Rella played with the water cooler, Pink fell on the linoleum and cried hysterically and Tink almost peed herself. So, it was pretty much your garden variety morning.
We then proceeded to drive an hour to Maryland with bruises quickly forming on both of CB's pale arms where needles had to be jabbed again and again to get the blood her body didn't want to give up.
I handed her over to the care of her grandparents in front of the Dunkin Donuts off of Exit 100 and said goodbye to her for 23 days, the longest stretch of time away from us she has all year.
As I drove the hour back home I felt both the lightness of having one less child under my care,
and the weight of the space she should occupy.