It’s been five days since we entered the emergency room of Asian Hospital for King’s terrible back pain, and five nights since he got admitted. Needless to say, in true Lucero fashion, our hospital room was home for us and the girls. Danae and Noelle are such troopers that it wasn’t a problem. Besides, we have great family and friends who help us out. But by the third night, I thought that the girls needed to get out of here. They needed to be doing other things besides watching tv, drawing, and being stuck here in the room. Danae was able to go to school Wednesday & Thursday, thanks to my mom, but still. They needed to get away from any sickness they could contract from this place too.  So I asked King’s folks if they could take the girls, knowing that we may not be discharged for a few more days. They willingly and happily obliged.

This is our second night without them. MY SECOND NIGHT WITHOUT THEM EVER.  That’s nearly six years for Danae, and nearly three years for Noelle. King has gone on trips without us, but I have never gone anywhere overnight without both girls. They have never gone a night without me either until now. And guess what! They’re totally fine, enjoying every minute there with their cousins! While mom and dad are here in the hospital, ABSOLUTELY MISSING THEM! At least I don’t need to feel guilty because there’s good reason that we’re apart, but we feel so incomplete without the dynamic duo! I miss Danae’s beautiful face and her perfect smile. I miss our conversations. I miss her deep concern for her dad. I miss Noelle’s pretty, cheeky face. I miss her adorable smile. I miss her funny quips. I miss their laughter, their hugs, their kisses!!! WE MISS OUR KIDS! It makes us appreciate them so much more. Sure they stress us out every now and then, but NO DOUBT THAT THE JOY THEY BRING US IS FAR GREATER.

Published by Phoebe Torres-Lucero

I am Phoebe Torres-Lucero, wife of a loving husband & my best friend, King, and mother to three wonderful, smart, active princesses who keep me on my toes. Phoebe means bright and radiant. Torres means towers. Lucero means light. Put together, my name speaks of a tower of bright, radiant light. And that is what I hope to be as I write and share my sari-sari stories with you. 😊

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