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Lee organized the moving of the Trask family to Salinas and then told Adam he wanted to leave. Adam was sad to think of life without Lee, but the twins acted as though the loss of Lee did not phase them in the least.
When Cal and Aaron were walking home from a ball game, they discussed Lee’s leaving. Aaron said that he would come back, but Cal argued that Lee would never return. They made a bet on it.
A little over a month later, Lee came back. He found Adam in the kitchen puzzling over a burned pan. Lee took the pan from Adam and sent him to the living room to wait for his coffee. Lee came in with coffee later and told Adam he did not want to operate a bookstore after all. He told Adam he was elated to be back home again and that he was terribly lonesome when he was gone.
This touching chapter in the life of the Trask family brings Lee, the surrogate mother of the boys and the surrogate wife of Adam Trask, back to the family. Totally entrenched as a part of the Trasks, he cannot stand life away from them.