A Chain of Events
The only way of expressing emotion...is by finding...a set of objects, a situation, a chain of events which shall be the formula of that particular emotion. T.S. Eliot
Recently Michael reached his 16-month mark, meaning he has 8 months left before he returns home. That is approximately 240 days.
Believe me, when I say, I'm not counting, I'm glad he is there because he is growing up to be a fine man. But, considering the drama that it caused when he left, 240 days left is a far cry from the over 700 days that Ethan started with.
So, we are eagerly planning his return home. In fact last month my wife spent several days putting together a little something for Ethan so that he could visualize Michael's return a little easier.
Clearly, you can see why this wouldn't have worked when he first left. We would have needed to move to a bigger house to make room for it...
Each day that passes a chain gets cut off and we get one day closer to Michael walking back in the front door. When that day happens, talk about a happy boy!