A Complex Family Reunion

Janice Konstantinidis
5 min readNov 3, 2023

Part Four. Uncharted Depths of Loss.

On the Sunday of my flight from Melbourne, we were up early. Breakfast was quiet, and we’d begun to pack. Earlier, my aunt had given me her word — like a lifeline — that I would see my mother that afternoon to say goodbye. It was a promise that seemed almost holy; after the cold decree from my mother’s partner the day before, my place in their home was never to be.
He’d told me in words unvarnished and brutal: I was to be erased. His declaration lingered like an ache in my bones, turning me into a fugitive within my skin.

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Janice Konstantinidis

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