AMORE’ (Daughter): You get told to sit on the bed… because they have to tell you something. ‘We’re moving but daddy isn’t coming with us’. Wait. What? What about the sleepover that I have next weekend? What about church on Sunday and then lunch at Granny and Pawpaw’s house? What about the homework that is due next week? What about my friends? What about our house? AND my father isn’t coming, either?
Everything I’ve ever known…gone. All the plans I made…gone.
I’m confused. I’m sad. I have questions. But I don’t understand or even feel like I can say anything. I’m just a kid. Would it even matter if I said anything? Could we stay if I begged? Would daddy come if we asked him too?
You don’t ask those questions though. You don’t want this. You don’t want to say goodbye. But you get in the back of the car and watch the house that you thought would be the one you grew up in, get smaller. You watch the bedroom that you picked out the color for, slowly fade away. You watch the house that held your family, disappear until it’s just…gone. What’s even worse? The father that completed my family of four…he’s gone too. Just gone.
DALE (Father): I was driving home to surprise the family with an afternoon in the park. To say I was excited would be an understatement. After weeks and months of long hours and busy weekends, this day is long over due. I cannot wait to see their faces when I pull into the drive. They will hear the garage door open as I approach. Before I can make it all the way to the house, I will see two of the most beautiful little girls in the world running with excitement to greet me.
As I approach the house confusion begins and questions begin to fill my mind. Why is there a U-Haul in my drive? Why are cars parked strategically around my house?
My excitement…GONE. Visions of my daughters running down the drive to meet me, GONE.
If I had been delayed 10 minutes, for whatever reason, I would have come home to an empty house and my family, GONE.