Tag: mother

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Day 280/365 The Wind (A Flashback)

Early morning, September 22, 2017… Standing on my front porch with a warm cup of coffee between my palms, I assess the damage. Strong winds from a tropical storm off the coast have been lingering for days. The street is littered with small branches, and leaves torn prematurely from the trees. Trash cans are overturned in the street. “Distress is the wind spirit of … Read More Day 280/365 The Wind (A Flashback)

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Day 253/365 No Words

Chemotherapy is the oddest thing. My mother didn’t feel the slightest bit sick until they started trying to cure her…until they started pumping her with poison to make her well. I spend time with her almost every day, but sometimes (more and more often) I don’t know what to say… Everything I say seems wrong. If I am happily talking about things I’ve done … Read More Day 253/365 No Words

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Day 238/365 The Elephant Revealed

“…and so I start chemo next week,” she said, exhaling. My heart started racing the moment she told me I should sit down. Then it all became a blur of words like “tumors” and “biopsies”.  I struggled to bring this information into focus – to process what she was saying. She has cancer. She’d known for a month. She’d gone to all the tests … Read More Day 238/365 The Elephant Revealed

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Day 97/365 Dirty Girls

You may not know this about my mother, but she always has worn the tool belt in the family.  That’s right, when my brothers or my ex-husband have needed to borrow a tool – say, a bandsaw or something along those lines – they’d call and ask my mother, not my dad. My mom tells the story like this – when we were little … Read More Day 97/365 Dirty Girls

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Day 95/365 Burning Questions

I was really looking forward to my children’s summer vacation this year.  I had it all planned out… A lot of my work is actually done online – responding to and sending emails, accounting, managing schedules, marketing, etc. There also needs to be someone physically there in my office, overseeing things and handling things on site as they come up. I have set things … Read More Day 95/365 Burning Questions