Time check: 4:00am
I don't think I'll ever get over my sister, niece, and brother in law leaving.
Even now, as I look around the room, I can smell traces of them in the air. It is gut wrenching.
I'm thankful they left at such an ungodly hour. In a way, everyone is still groggy from sleep and can't really process this much heartache. Still, the parting was painful. It was shorter than usual, but the downpour and onslaught of tears was overwhelming. It is difficult to breathe with the pain weighing my heart down.
Mom is showing strength, but she can't rest so she's playing with Mochi. I know she feels the loss. Everyone does. I do.
Dad is awake and looking for conversation. He misses the noise. Kuya Jap woke to an empty house. He is lonely.
I can't sleep now. I can't go on as usual, not with traces of them still littered around the house. Toiletries left behind, candies untouched, paperbags strewn all over chairs.
I can't rest. So I'll clean.