Thing1 headed back to school today. 48 hours home and then gone. The house seems strangely quiet. Buffy, our attack cocker spaniel, was scolding Thing1 as he put his gear in his car. After he left she hopped up in the rocking chair and put her back to all of us. The wife took her for a walk to cheer her up. That lasted till the walk was over. Back up in the chair with her back to us.
He'll be back at Thanksgiving. Back to 'normal' for now.