"It does," I emphasized, as she looked at me with faint disbelief and said, "Does it?"
I could see the sadness in her eyes - I imagine that mine must have looked the same a year ago.
It does get easier, but it doesn't really go away completely, that pang that you feel of not having him around. I wandered through his room today, looking at the things on his desk, and his wall. A class schedule is still pinned up on the board from his junior year - something he never quite got around to throwing away. Then there are those little bits & pieces of note paper & junk mail still lying there.
It's his way of telling me that he'll be back sooner than I think - his claim on this place that he still calls home.
It does get easier, but it doesn't really go away completely.