I knew I had to get back to stocking the rack before Quang caught me, but her face deepened into a sadness I hadn’t seen before. A sadness I couldn’t turn away from.
“What happened, Mrs. Cimino?”
She looked down at the floor. I had never seen her that silent before.
“Mrs. Cimino? Are you OK?”
She looked directly at me with a strange intensity.
“We don’t always appreciate the people we love until one day, they’re gone. That’s when you realize how much they meant to you. How much you miss them.”
“Is that what happened to…”
Mrs. Cimino held up her hand to silence me. “Just take my advice, Dylan. You’ll know how much you love someone by how much you miss them when they’re gone.”
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