In French you say “I miss you” as “tu me manques,” which literally means, “you are missing to me.”

Yesterday, I went to a beautiful memorial service for a close friend’s mother. She taught French at a local high school and at the service, her daughters read aloud to the packed church, in French and English, passages from Le Petit Prince. When we went to the family’s house last night — where we had such a good time talking and laughing, college friends and high school friends curled up on the family room couch — you could feel her absence and presence at the same time.

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