As Americans ramp up to celebrate Mother's Day this weekend, I find myself experiencing a new level of grief for the day I will never spend with my mother again. Knowing that Mother's Day is approaching would be difficult enough I imagine, but I receive multiple daily reminders of it. I check my email and… Continue reading My first Mother’s Day without my mother
Life can be busy. Life can be hard. Sometimes, you get caught up in your own chaos, so much that you don't realize that other people are going through difficult times as well. One of the simplest things you can do for another person is to just check in to see how they are doing.… Continue reading Have you checked on your family and friends lately?
Before my mother's health declined, I began telling the story of how I was hospitalized in September. This is the first time I have revealed why. After I checked in at the emergency room, the nurse took some of my blood. No one knew what was wrong with me, but figured out it wasn't my… Continue reading January Is National Blood Donor Month
Past years found me waking up early (yes, even in my thirties), excited to open presents. Like most people, I enjoy receiving presents. I also like giving presents and seeing the look on a person's face when they open a perfect, well thought out gift. This year could not have been more different. I woke… Continue reading Am I The Only One Who Is Glad Christmas Is Over?
For those of you who did not see my previous post, my mother died in November. I wrote this poem for her to be included in her obituary. Memories of Mommy Memories float back And feel crushing At times Sunlight in the backyard Surrounded by flowers Disco dance parties Birthday celebrations And countless meals Watching… Continue reading A Poem For My Mother: Part 2
It started with a spot. Just a small discolored spot (several shades lighter than the rest of my skin) between my thumb and finger on my right hand. That discoloration grew and more spots appeared all over my body (my other hand, my arms and legs mostly). It eventually spread to my face, around both… Continue reading World Vitiligo Day
So, I've been in the house for nearly a month. Once upon a time, an introvert such as myself would dream of moments spent strictly indoors with limited human interaction. Apparently, I am not the person I thought I was. I thought that if I had time to myself, I would get so much writing… Continue reading I’m trying to be productive, but…
I recently heard my mother tell one of her friends that people had been saying something mean about her throughout her entire life. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but my mother is loud when she is on the phone. To protect her privacy, I won’t repeat exactly what she said. I can tell you most… Continue reading Is it all in your head?
I've been struggling to write this post. I've arranged and rearranged the words in my head but cannot seem to find the ones worthy of this phenomenal woman. My introduction to Toni Morrison was during the summer after 7th grade, which was the summer I pretty much spent on the front porch reading. I read… Continue reading Toni Morrison