Harsh Realities

March 15, 2020

Needing your Mother

You’re never too old to need your mother. Even when she’s not here. Even when she is completely unreachable.  You simply never stop needing your mother.  In the midst of the panic of the world, I find myself once again desperately wishing my mother. For comfort. For guidance. For all of the things only a mother can provide.  Sure I’m an adult, but I’m also…

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March 11, 2020

The Soap that Signified Worry

I loaded my cart with the typical items and headed to the checkout. Only this time, I was praying no one would pay attention to the products loaded on the conveyor belt. This time, it felt different, even though there was nothing different about this cart full of items.  “A little worried?” she said as she rang up the endless pile of hand soap. I…

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March 5, 2020

A Birthday without your Mother

Birthdays became difficult after my mother passed. Each year I celebrate another year of life, and also another birthday without her here. It’s a hard feeling to describe. It’s an act of counting two things at the same time. Counting candles on a cake and counting the amount of birthdays she’s missed.  Today is my birthday, which is significant for so many reasons.  It’s the…

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March 3, 2020

A Picture and a Resemblance

Occasionally I’ll find a picture where I resemble my mother, and it makes me happy. Growing up it was always my sister who looked like her. And now that she’s gone, I desperately cling to any piece of her that remains. And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I find one.  A picture where the resemblance can’t be denied. A resemblance that proves I am hers and…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

A thirty-something wife, mother and educator who has Indiana roots and a passionate spirit. Chelsea is a sappy romantic, coffee junkie, book collector, and person who wears her heart on her sleeve. She’s sarcastic, full of jokes, full of tears, and enjoys writing most when life gets messy or complicated. In 2017, Chelsea's mother passed away. Through her grief journey, she decided to take her mother’s advice and share her writing with the world. One day she gained the courage to honor her mother's wishes and write. It turned out to be one of the best decisions she's ever made.

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