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Ode to My Mamacita

It’s hard to believe it was nearly 15 years ago that my mother and I argued over banal shit (oops, sorry mom: banal stuff). We’ve both changed by multiple measures since those days of being co-hormonal and grinching about the laundry, what to have for dinner, each others’ driving skills (or lack thereof, depending upon perspective).

Both of us have experienced tremendous losses of multiple loved ones. Sometimes we’ve shared those losses: uncle/brother, best friends, parent/Opa. Each subsequent loss has left us each more tender to the world but raw towards each other, isolated and hurt in our grieving. More often than not, our mournings have been separate as we glimpse at one another, cautiously offering empathy from afar but never quite comfortable co-habitating in the difficult emotional spaces of tragedy and disease.

The quote may belong to Emerson but it is the parenting philosophy embraced by my mother.

The quote may belong to Emerson but it is the parenting philosophy embraced by my mother.

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Great Blue Yonder

Bags fully packed (ahem, over packed), gifts selected & loaded up, compression socks on, iPads, iBooks, iPhones, igadgets fully charged & updated, apartment packed up and vacated, stuff stored, friends hugged and hugged some more, shots updated, mess acquired, bills paid or suspended, tax documents organized, drycleaned clothes hanging, unwanted goods returned, dog surrendered, job completed, travel networking cards stocked, dentist visited, books downloaded, movie torrents leached, cried with family and friends, offered love and goodbyes and thanks for your love, tips, support & advice.

I’m in Chicago now. I’ve been through 2 airports and 2 security stations. My bag is checked, I’ve stocked up on coffee, water and moisturizer for eyes, skin & nose. Final calls made, thanksgiving cards written.

This is it: GO TIME.

I set off for the great blue yonder full of newborn wonder, receptiveness and immense gratitude. You are all such good people, thank you for sharing yourselves with me. I will never be able to express what you all mean to me. Thanks for you gifts, nurture them and your happiness.

This is just the beginning. Lets all give thanks. Lets let our eyes twinkle with love on this holiday.

Love and eyes on the blue.

~Lauren