You think you know how much you miss your mom until you watch your project partner laughing with her 21-year-old daughter across the street and then suddenly it’s like the wind gets knocked out of you because you saw the way she said things while she was watching her daughter and you realized that no one else in the world talks to you like your mom does. And you realize that you’ll never find that here, not even if you wanted to.

That day I felt like a child who got placed into an adult life too early, because I still miss my mom and I cried because of it.