Do I Dare?

Before the Slice of Life Writing Challenge began I created a list of possible topics. One of those writing topics is Throw Back Thursday. How fun would it be to look back and see what I writing a year ago on this date?

But I hesitated.

I knew there were some posts I wrote last year that were very brave; they were very bold for me. I wore my emotions on my sleeve and I shared.

So, do I dare? Do I dare look back and perhaps stir up those emotions, again? Curiosity got the best of me. I put on my big girl panties and I pulled up that post from March 16, 2016. It is titled Because of What Happened. It was just as I suspected. It took me to where I didn’t think I wanted to go.

But when I started reading I was greeted with this quote:

We never truly get over a loss, but we can move forward and evolve from it. ~Elizabeth Berrien

It was just what I needed to read. So true. So appropriate. There’s not a day I don’t think of you, but I’ve been strong. Today I think about the good times, the times that made us laugh and the inside jokes that only we understood.

I stop by your tree from time-to-time. It brings a smile to my face. While it doesn’t have any leaves on it right now, it stands tall. The perennials are sprouting from the soil. The perennials from your yard. This too makes me smile.

On this Thursday, I’m glad I dared. I’m glad I looked back while I continue to move forward remembering the wonderful memories we shared.

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Forever Treasure

Forever Treasure

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My photo and poem, Forever Treasure, was inspired by the purple iris perennials in my yard that were gifted to me in 2014 from a friend who has now passed away.  As you can tell, the purple iris and the peonies in the background will always be a reminder to me of our friendship and his love of gardening in the spring.

Thank you Carol at Beyond Literacy for inviting me to add to the Spring’s Seeds Gallery.

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Good-bye

 

 

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Dear M.,
Tonight we celebrated you.
We were more than your friends.
We were your family.
You picked us; you chose us.
You made us laugh; we made you laugh.
You made us happy; we made you happy.
We shared good times with you; we shared not so good times.
You made us cry,
and boy have we cried,
but tonight we celebrated you for a final good-bye.
And as we did,
we reminded ourselves that we will always be connected you
and each other
just as you wished!

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Today I Laughed

When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.

~Anonymous

Today was a good day. I allowed myself to laugh. I laughed about you and I said your name.  I remembered the silliness and I shared it. I told myself that’s okay. It’s okay to say your name and it’s okay to share our laughter with others. I had tears in my eyes though, but I still laughed.

I laughed about how I would pound on the wall and you would jump up and run straight over to my room.

I laughed about the inside jokes about your workouts.

I laughed about the nasal spray.

I laughed about the nutshell.

I laughed about the taco cat.

I laughed about us laughing.

Today I laughed.  Because today, the memories turned into a happy treasure.

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This One Is for You, CM

As I reflect upon my life, I can certainly acknowledge that there are people who have shaped me as an individual and impacted my life in a positive fashion.  This poem is a tribute to one of those individuals.

This One Is for You, CM

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It was twelve years ago

when I started my career

nervous I was,

but you stood behind me,

so I had no fear.

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Third grade was my calling,

so off to NHE I was sent.

SSE was your Yellow Brick Road,

and that is where you went.

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Fast forward to 2005,

and once again we met.

But the years flew by

and before I knew it,

you said,

“It’s time for retirement!”

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Although this is good-bye,

I am sad to admit;

the memories that were made

I will never forget.

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May I leave you with these words

that say so much,

as they speak to the lives

you have brilliantly touched.

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I wish you the best,

because you deserve no less.

And, may your retirement be blessed

with nothing but happiness!

A Tribute to You, CM