"NO! Everyone is NOT here!"
Family gatherings usually have that tinge of the bitter-sweet.
My brother is missing his wife.
His children are missing their mother.
My sister is missing Frank and
her children are missing their father.
Heather is missing her Dad and her grandfather.
I am missing my 16 y/o son.
My daughter is missing her brother.
My mother even tried to rescue a slice of stuffed pepper for Uncle Harold,
Then it hits her. She stands there with a blank look on her face holding the plate.