I stood at the top of the stairs, waiting & watching,
to see his car come winding around the bend,
up to our street and into the driveway.
Filled with anticipation & mischief, I listened quietly for his footsteps,
the jingling of his keys, as he unlocked the front door.
There I stood, hidden, trying not to breathe,
as I listened to him slowly climb the stairs, feet weary from the day.
Full of hope and excitement I jumped out,
'Boo!' I gleefully shouted, with a smile perched on my lips.
Time stood still, if but for a moment,
searching his face, I focused in on his eyes.
Expecting to see joy and amusement,
instead I was confronted only with a frown of annoyance.
My smile departed almost as quickly as it had arrived.
Filled with disappointment, as I watched him move past me, not even touching.
Down the hallway to his room, briefcase in hand, shutting the door behind him.
Leaving me at the top of the stairs,
with a hole in my heart.