Category Archives: Feelings

I Can’t Breathe

I can’t breathe. I can’t breathe. I can’t imagine. I can’t stop crying.¬† I am usually pretty quiet about political issues. I have my own deep-seated beliefs about things, but I have never been one to think that my beliefs … Continue reading

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“The Girl Who Smiles”

Three times yesterday. Three different conversations. Three separate people. “How can you always be in such a good mood? Even with your car accident and now the job thing, it seems like you just have no worries.” “I’m not sure … Continue reading

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Persistence

There are days when the road is smooth and everything seems to be going exactly as it should. There are days that the kids do their chores without nagging and dinner comes together easily and work is full of interesting, … Continue reading

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Little Things

“Won’t that hurt your shoulder?” “I knew you didn’t get lunch today, so would you like me to grab you Pad Thai since I am here already?” “I saw this song and thought you might like it.” “I can come … Continue reading

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Piano Dreams

I touch the faded ivory keys, the melody coming alive hesitantly. My fingers are still so slow on the keys, but soon I will be more comfortable. A baby grand piano! In my living room! EEEK! I have wanted a … Continue reading

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I’m Sorry Self

Big, fat, crocodile tears now. Her voice shook as she gripped my hand a little tighter. “I didn’t think it would matter mom. It’s mine.”

My heart broke a little as I started to explain. “Baby, you have to respect yourself and your property. You have to know how to take care of things. You are just as important as anyone else and you have to treat yourself with as much, if not more, respect than you treat others. You matter. You are valuable. And so are the things you care about. But you have to set that standard and know that first. Do you understand that?” Continue reading

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I imagine it’s me

I open the door, hoping that all the things I’ve heard are lies. The creak is muffled by the sounds of sobbing. Some softly crying, some wailing, some frozen in fear, immobile and unable to understand what it happening. “Mami! … Continue reading

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National Single Parent’s Day

It takes a lot to be a parent. It takes more to be a working parent. And it takes everything you have to be a single parent. And today, I want to celebrate my fellow single parents. Single parents are … Continue reading

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“Room”

The doorknob hits my hip as I stand there, still groggy, toothbrush in hand. “Mommy, can you make room for me?” I scoot over,¬†pulling my robe closer around my body as she walks in and hugs my waist. “Good morning … Continue reading

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The Little Big Year

Oh the memories. This was my first home after I left the shelter. 900 square feet with 2 bedrooms and 1 very tiny bathroom. The washer was in the kitchen and the dryer was in a closet in another room. … Continue reading

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