Inspired by: Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window
Sadie didn’t come out of her room all night, leaving Tiffany alone with her family. Sadie’s mom, Heather, made up the couch for her and apologized profusely for her daughter’s behavior. After two weeks of traveling alone with Sadie, Tiffany assured her she understood, and it wasn’t a big deal.
The next morning the family woke up, and Tiffany got ready to get back on the road. Sadie never came out of her room. Tiffany tried first to get Sadie to come out.
“Sadie, your mom made us breakfast before we hit the road. There’s pancakes, eggs, coffee. You should eat something.”
Sadie didn’t reply.
“Can I come in, at least? There’s no one out here but me. You can tell me whatever is wrong, and I’ll try to help.”
Tiffany hung around for a few minutes, but Sadie didn’t acknowledge her efforts. She gave up and ate breakfast with Sadie’s family.
“Don’t worry, Tiffany. She’s fine, she gets gloomy sometimes, but she always snaps out of it.” Heather assured her.
“I guess you’d know better than me,” Tiffany said, biting into a pancake.
“It’s one of the things I worry about her being so far away. We’ve been fighting more lately, but I just want what’s best for her. I’d love for her to live nearby so we could keep an eye on her. She thinks I’m just an overbearing mother, of course.”
“You are! If you shoot for the moon and miss, you still hit the stars. She hasn’t missed yet, and I’ll be damned if I let you abort her mission now.”
“She isn’t a normally sad girl, Betty. She gets into deep depressions.”
“And we’re her ground control, we help guide her in the right direction. We can’t get her where she needs to go by bringing her back.”
“I don’t think I’ve ever heard more space metaphors in my life,” Tiffany said.
Heather explained, “She worked for NASA when John Fall Sr tried to go into space. She’s never shaken it.”
“I’ve actually been thinking about going home for a bit,” Tiffany said, embarrassed now after Betty’s protests otherwise.
“What some idiot boy broke your heart? Put it back together and keep going! You can’t restart every time you stumble a little. Progress takes setbacks, growth takes heartbreaks.”
Sadie sat on the top of the steps and smiled, listening to her grandmother defend her.