Feeling abandoned is such a strange thing. You know they may come back, but yet the feeling remains. The feeling has a tight hold on your chest, making it hard to breathe, causing a sense of panic. Watching them turn around and walk away in uniform with their brothers and sisters, knowing some may never return, is heartbreaking. Eventually the anger takes over, then sadness, and then eventually you feel nothing but the need to instigate self preservation, and protect yourself from any emotional pain that may come your way. Religious or not, praying for their safe return can break a person, because of the impending inevitable feeling of tragedy striking.