A Complex Family Reunion

Janice Konstantinidis
2 min readOct 30, 2023

Part Three

A Day of Disintegration

Later that Saturday, the disquieting weight of my mother’s absence solidified into a more grim and tangible reality. My mother’s partner had made it abundantly clear earlier: neither of them had space for me in their lives. A decade of yearning collapsed in that instant, a skyline of dreams imploded, leaving me in the debris of unspoken words and lost possibilities.

By afternoon, I secluded myself in my room. Emotion had stalled somewhere between the contours of sadness and the blank slate of apathy…

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Janice Konstantinidis

I am a lover of fine cheese, my dogs, my garden, knitting, photography, writing and more!