Mia’s parents divorced and she feels split in two. When she’s with her dad, she misses her mom. When she’s with her mom, she misses her dad. Everything is different. Even her cat and dog don’t live in the same place anymore.

She always feels like something is missing, and that makes her sad and angry.

Her grandpa understands “that missing feeling” since her grandma died. He gives her a notebook to write her feelings and memories. It’s what he does when he misses Grandma and it helps him feel better.

“Life changes, and writing helps me think about these changes.”

Mia tries writing in her notebook, and soon she finds a way to balance that missing feeling.

Hear author Amy Ludwig VanDerwater read That Missing Feeling aloud.

by Amy Ludwig VanDerwater

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Amy Ludwig VanDerwater has taught writing for over twenty years, and her children’s books have received accolades from the Junior Library Guild, the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, and the National Council of Teachers of English. Amy blogs for students and teachers at The Poem Farm and Sharing Our Notebooks. She lives in Holland, New York. Visit her online and The Poet Farm, and on Twitter and Instagram.

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  • That Missing Feeling

    Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

    Mia’s life feels split in two after her parents get divorced—even her cat and dog now live in two separate places. When she’s at her dad’s house, Mia misses her mom’s jokes and singing. And when she’s at her mom’s house, she misses her dad’s laugh and cooking.

    Mia just can’t quite shake that missing feeling. Sometimes that missing feeling makes her angry. And sometimes it makes her sad.

    One day when Mia visits her Grandpa, he gives her a little blue notebook saying, “When I write about Grandma, I am sad but I am happy too. She is gone, but you are here. Life changes, and writing helps me think about these changes. My notebook is a home for my heart.”

    Mia keeps her notebook wherever she goes, writing about happy and sad memories. And soon her notebook becomes a way to balance that missing feeling. And also a home for her heart.