Image courtesy of Rodrigo Machado

Image courtesy of Rodrigo Machado

I walked past a house today that, just yesterday, was hit by lightning; it burned to the ground.  I saw a black car parked in the drive, charred remains of a roof that once sheltered a family and a scattering of things and dreams.  I couldn’t help myself from looking, from examining the evidence left behind, from asking the question, “Was this simply a house or was it a home?” Had it been filled with laughter?  Had little ones run through its front door and flopped themselves onto a couch exhausted from the whirlwind that is childhood?  Had its rooms smelled of banana bread and egg soufflé (the kind with the bits of sausage in it) and that famous chicken only Dad could make?  Had people loved and fought and loved again?  Had there been a reckoning of losses, of the times one person’s ego had been boosted by sacrificing another’s?  Had hands been held?  Had the silence been sweet and peaceful?  Had it been more than just walls and beams and bricks and slabs of concrete?  Had it been the place where things are made right?  Where the soil of the heart is fertile and the memories of togetherness and F.A.M.I.L.Y are fresh and ever present?  

In the silence, I said a prayer for the family, and then walked briskly down the street in the direction of my own.

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  1. Renato
    August 25, 2013 at 5:41 pm

    Keep doing what you love as that fills your heart with Joy……

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:32 pm

      You fill my heart with joy! Te amo, meu lindo.

  2. August 25, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    Beautiful, Dani. Just as you are! Keep it up – the world needs your voice.
    Much love,

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:24 pm

      Thank you, love. And I need yours…

  3. bruna
    August 25, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Adorei a novidade! I’m so proud of you. Keep doing what you do best, and we welcome it with joy.
    Com carinho e profunda alegria que irei ler o que vc escreve 😉

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:26 pm

      Milhares de beijos, linda. Que bom que voce gostou, minha torcedora de coracao…

  4. Jenáe Goede
    August 27, 2013 at 5:07 pm

    What lovely words from an amazing and beautiful person! I am so encouraged by your thoughts and feel honored to share in your heart’s message. I’m excited to see what you write next my sweet friend!

  5. Janelle Schenher
    August 27, 2013 at 8:06 pm

    Lovely…so sweet…

  6. August 27, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    Lovely, Dani! Congratulations for your blog.It is really amazing!

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Awww…I’m so glad you like it, Rossana. Miss you…

  7. August 30, 2013 at 1:00 am

    House vs. Home as it should be written. Keep it up darlin’

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      And you…I’m waiting to read yours… 🙂

  8. St. Joni
    August 31, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Ditto Renato. Thrilled to read your initial blogs — anxious for more.

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you, St, Joni. Really ❤

  9. Angela Jones
    September 1, 2013 at 10:59 pm

    That was great, I loved it.

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:30 pm

      Thanks for taking the time to stop by, Ang. I’m glad you liked what you read.

  10. Elaine
    September 8, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing your blog with me! I have to say that both posts are things I’ve noticed in my own life. Tragedy, whether in your own family or in another’s, really makes me look closer at my life. Keep writing, I look forward to reading more and learning more about you! Elaine

    • September 9, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      Thank you, Elaine. I thought this might be a good way for your to get to know me better. I hope you’ll enjoy your access to my heart. Blessings…

  11. Marilyn Secco
    September 9, 2013 at 10:17 pm

    I feel your soul shining through your writing, Dani. So real, nothing but your true feelings. Beautiful!

    • September 11, 2013 at 2:02 am

      Thank you for your sweet words, Marilyn. Elizabeth threw down the challenge and I’m in…

      It’s long overdue.

  12. cousin carol
    September 12, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    Danielle: You and I have the families gift of writing from the heart. Our styles are hauntingly similar! Proud you are my cousin! Keep writing.

    • September 15, 2013 at 3:08 pm

      Thank you, Carol. I had no idea you write as well. That’s wonderful! Hope you’re well and thankful for your visit. Hugs to the family…

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