Ten years is a lifetime.
In 10 years, 13 year olds finish middle school and start high school.
They learn how to drive and get their license.
They go the army or sherut leumi.
They travel around the world before starting university.
They go to university.
They fall in love, possibly more than once.
Maybe their hearts get broken.
They meet "the one."
They get married.
They start a family.
Their life moves forward...
Ten years is the blink of an eye.
It is seconds and minutes and hours of yearning.
It is hoping, always, that one morning, you will wake up and discover it's just a bad dream.
It is looking at a group of teenagers, then young adults, and expecting to see her there.
It is always a shock that she is not.
It is countless meals and holidays and family gatherings that always she is missing.
It is wondering all the time what she would look like now, what she would be doing, where life would have taken her.
It is an emptiness that never goes away.
It is life, it is reality, it is something you never get used to.