Homesick

She has been away for long so often that sometimes when she returns to the place other people call  home she cannot remember her house number. She finds the place anyway, by instinct, sometimes slightly irritated by the changes in the neighbourhood. Having closed the door behind her she takes off her shoes and socks to get the feeling of belonging again. She always does. Then she calls her parents to tell them she is back, promises to stay until Christmas, her birthday, their anniversary, forever. Euphoric and satisfied she goes to bed. Eleven days later she becomes nervous again.

101 (= 100 words + 1 word title) by Silke Hartmann, NewLeaf 19, Bremen 2005.

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