Harsh Realities

January 26, 2024

A Moment Too Big For Me

This moment is too big for me. No matter the challenges I’ve faced in life or the heartbreak, or the disappointments, this moment is simply too big for me.  No one teaches you how to watch your parent die. No one teaches you how to say a final goodbye– how to whisper words that feel like bold betrayal on your heart. No one teaches you…

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January 23, 2024

Darkness & Grief

It was dark. I can’t remember if it’s because I had pulled the shades closed to pretend it was nighttime, or if it actually was nighttime. The days after my mother’s funeral were a horrific blur of dread and disbelief. The days following a casket being lowered beneath the ground, shift you from numbness to feeling so much it’s as if your own bones, and…

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January 4, 2024

French Onion Dip & Grief

It’s simple. Probably silly, even. To cling to food as if it’s going to bring my mother back. As if somehow with the bite of our favorite snack, I’ll be transported back to when she was here.  But with each bite of this generic dip and plain potato chips, I feel comfort. I feel a rush of memories.  I feel her. My mother.  I see…

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We drive by a hospital. It’s not the one my mother was in but it still brings the same sting and reminders. It brings pain just looking in the windows, knowing what’s inside.  Sickness.  Death.  Dying. Probably other things too but my mind doesn’t know those. It knows the devastation of test results, and surgeries, and cancer— my mother’s cancer.  It only took ten seconds…

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A 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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