Tag: life lessons

To Grieving Fathers on Father’s Day

Whether you began here or here, your goal was this and eventually this. But something went terribly wrong. So you’ve spent more time here and here than you planned. When they call to ask about her, you tell them. When they neglect to ask about you, you think, It’s okay. I’m okay. And when they say things like: “God has…

What do you breathe into others?

“My next breath may very well be in your lungs. Store it wisely, because my life depends on it.
” ― Jarod Kintz, This Book Title is Invisible At the gym this past weekend, a woman struck up a conversation with me. I believe she complimented my bag (nearly everyone does) and asked if I’m a quilter.“No, no”, I responded, too…

What will you say when I die?

I watched the subtle rise and fall of my chest yesterday and wondered: What if it stopped? What if my heart stopped right now? It was a horrendous thought. Horrendous because I’ve chosen to spend my days thinking about how to fill them, not how they will someday end. Recently though, I’ve thought a lot about death. Not in a…

Want What You Already Have, Be Who You Already Are

My mother-in-law is here from Brazil. Her mission is two-fold: take care of me and make me better. So far she’s done well. She’s been tough when she’s needed to and soft when she’s wanted to. She’s made parmesan potatoes and corn soufflé. She’s made beds and folded laundry. She’s washed dishes and hung curtains. She’s sat with me, pretending…