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Carolyn Ten Broeck
Finding myself in what I left behind

You can't miss what you never had, goes the old idiom.

But how long does it take you to miss that which you did have?

Is it a day? A week? A month? A year? Years?

Years! I know because over the last two weeks I've become reacquainted with items that were once cherished, but were long since forgotten.

It happened like this.

In 2002, my then-husband and I separated and I moved into an apartment that was barely big enough for me, let alone the annals of my life.