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Monthly Archive for March, 2013

Letting Go

This one. He loved much. Loved with his whole being. Loved indiscriminately. You. Me. Them. All of us. Loved with soft ears and forgiving eyes. Just loved. Thank you, sweet one, for nearly twelve years together. We knew this day was coming, and yet, it still caught us unprepared. Our eyes have been broken dams […]

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Would You, Could You in a Box?

I could have said a lot about the living room. I mean. It was like a pinata had popped. Only one where no one bothered to scrape the goods into a pile. But I didn’t. Say anything, that is. I couldn’t. Not with her crammed into an Easter tote. And him stuffed into a cardboard […]

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The Heart Response

Beside her, the book lay closed, front cover in the carpet and a single finger still holding her spot on the last page. She’d read it. Read it all. And… And she wasn’t the same. Instinctively she turned her head to the wall, her hair hiding the rest of her face. And she sobbed. Quiet, […]

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Birthday Love

This one. The one who parts my hair with his fingers when I pull the covers to his chin. And who shouts from a crowded line of boys, “I love you, mom!” and blows kisses that my heart catches. The one who still reaches for my right hand with his left when we stand close. […]

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Asking the Toughies

There were things he had to know. And so he bent his head near the washing machine with mine and asked. “What is dessert? Is it a fruit or a vegetable?” He thought a sec. “Or is it a protein?”   His eyebrows crinkled an hour later. “How did God make seeds?” At which time […]

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The Waimea Canyon, Kauai

On Sunday, the 10th, her ninth birthday, we twisted the crepe paper we’d crammed into our carry-ons to help celebrate and stuck it to the ceiling. While she brushed her teeth, we snickered in the dark at how surprised she might be when she walked back in on a bunch of streamers. Only streamers turned […]

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A Piece of Kauai

We’re back from vacation. Which…in every sense, feels as though I need a vacation…like a six hour nap followed by an early bed time. Because it’s work. This vacation thing.  And it’s fun. And it’s every level of exhaustion in between…which is why, “how was your vacation?’ cannot be answered in a single word. Or […]

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The Confessor

He was still neck to toe in his pjs when he offered to help. Only he stopped himself before he could touch a thing on the counter and his hands hung over the carrots like a magician’s. “Did I…” he asked aloud. “Did I pick my nose in my bed last night?” We both stood […]

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For Appearance Sake

The plan was to mow the lawn. The back yard. To wear a pair of shorts that–even at the knee– exposed more blinding goose bumps than we had blades of grass. To slap on a droopy long sleeve, and–to slodge behind the mower in faded black rain boots. “Are we going to mow the front, […]

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The Dilemma

He had eleven dollars. And nineteen cents. Enough to make his jaw hang like a lottery winner. The money was a belated Christmas gift. Which hadn’t started out as money but as a game we already owned. And which when returned to Fred Meyer turned into a gift card with eleven dollars and some change. […]

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