Category: Family

the art of being my mother

Centered on the living room wall when I was growing up was a drawing that tore at me. It was of a woman, clearly weary, her head in one hand looking off to her left, a sleeping child draped over the other arm. While I now see the beauty in this art, as a child I believed my mother identified with it because of … Read More the art of being my mother

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Now, Right Now

It’s hard — so hard. When you fear your world is about to turn upside-down, and there’s nothing you can do but pray and wait. When you think perhaps the inevitable is happening now. When your heart cries out, “I’m not ready for this!” but your head tells you, “you’ll never be ready.” When the practical mixes with the unimaginable. It’s hard. Photo courtesy … Read More Now, Right Now

sibling revelry

Today I called my brother with some upsetting news. Once again, factors beyond my control were thwarting my plans to move forward. He was the only one who would fully understand how challenging it would be for me, because he’d been with me from the start of the events that led to the distress of today. My brother was there for me before I … Read More sibling revelry

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I’ll Still Accept Gifts…

I wouldn’t want to win the lottery. Managing all the money would be a burden, a task I’m not prepared to handle. Okay, one million dollars I might figure out. Even two. But start getting higher than that, and I’m out of my depth. I expressed this thought once to a group of co-workers, and the response was immediate and forceful. “Oh, I could … Read More I’ll Still Accept Gifts…

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A Year Later

Hard to believe it’s been a year. Last year on this day, at about this time, I got a text from my friend Laurie letting me know her brother, Monte, had died. We’d been expecting this news; he’d been battling cancer for several years. His treatment had been compromised in the beginning because he developed an infection after surgery, and eventually, it was evident … Read More A Year Later

Another Year Older (and deeper in debt)

Well, tomorrow is my birthday…the years keep rolling by…I plan to celebrate! But it brings to mind this much-loved song from my childhood (well, a little before, but I heard it a lot as a kid): You load sixteen tons, what do you get? Another day older and deeper in debt Saint Peter don’t you call me ’cause I can’t go I owe my … Read More Another Year Older (and deeper in debt)

All Who Are Weary, Eat

This Thanksgiving I’ll be with four other people who find themselves in much the same position I’m in: living in a city without family nearby to spend the holidays with. I have some cousins, second cousins, actually, living 20 or 30 minutes away, but seeing them would be much like seeing strangers. I’ve had three invitations from local friends to join their family, and … Read More All Who Are Weary, Eat

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