While We Still Wait

It’s been so long since you were light-hearted. God knows you try not to worry, to wait patiently, to be thankful in all the other things. Will this be my lot in life?  You still wonder in the dark. Will there be any joy left for me? You struggle to pray. For what? What is it…

Will This Be What Hell Is Like, I Wonder?

She is taking forever, and I am about to scream: how long does it take a soul to examine a head of purple cabbage? My impatience bores blackly into the back of her head. It bugs me that she is wearing a wide-brimmed hat. 1) We are safely indoors. 2) The huge brim takes up…

If You Have a Good Dad (And If You Don’t)

I was completely stupid very naive at nineteen. I was also self-absorbed, which, when stirred into stupid, made for an unfortunate personality cocktail.  In those days, my narcissistic limited worldview was matched by an arrogant less-than-endearing attitude that I was always on point about exactly everything. No one could tell me a thing I hadn’t thought of first. In fact, I…

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

She brought me a toothbrush, and a clean pair of yoga pants. And underwear. She didn’t ask if I needed some skivvies before schlepping across town to hug her friend at the hospital. Obviously, asking someone “Do you need some underwear?” will always be an awkward question, no matter how close you might be. Instead, she…

All Must Be Well

This has been a bloody week. As a result of a nicked artery (the one-in-a-million complication during jaw surgery), David and I watched our son bleed. The bleeding was aggressive and mean. Can a boy really lose this much blood and be OK?   The answer is no. He cannot. Luke withered and paled. His famous optimism…

Who’s the interruption?

“Oh dear…ahhhh…um…very sorry…but….argh!…can you just hold on a minute?” In high-school, I remember taking some twisted pleasure in watching my father navigate the newfangled technology that was call-waiting. If dad was on the phone, and another call beeped in, he would get a rash from the unnecessary rudeness of it all. He considered the alert…

Dear World: We’ve Got Your Back.

A while back, I wrote a post that unintentionally got lots of people hot and bothered. It was an outlier post, different in content and tone from my usual writing. But – in the predictably unpredictable way of social media – it was shared online over a million times. People were fired up. Looking back, I can…