Harsh Realities

December 9, 2022

Seeing Someone Else

I stare into the mirror, a place that has always reflected back flaws and imperfections but also glimmers of happiness and beauty. Since losing my mother, it reflects someone I don’t know or recognize.  I look. I stare. I see a woman who looks like me– same hair, same complexion, same identifying marks, and while I know this is a mirror and I’m looking at…

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December 8, 2022

The Places I Never Found Her

I never knew the way death can multiply, the way it can take living souls that remain and turn them into hollow shells, still alive but not actually living. That all changed the day my mother passed away– because she was dead, I was pretty much dead too.  I paused life at first because it was too harsh to wake up each day knowing my…

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December 7, 2022

I Had It All Wrong

I had it wrong when I thought she was invincible. She’d always fixed my wounds and even my many broken hearts so I assumed she was the ultimate fixer, the ultimate healer, with powers only a mother can embrace and utilize– like she was my very own superhero. I had it wrong when I thought she’d never leave, or at least that first she’d have…

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The Bird that Restored my Faith

Faith and hope can be tricky things. To most people faith and hope are strong and sturdy like the foundation upon which houses and whole communities are built. But for me, those things seem to be fickle and unsteady– present, firm and unbreakable one minute and then the next it’s as if they’ve evaporated as easily as the next puff of air I’ll let escape…

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Chelsea Ohlemiller

Chelsea Ohlemiller

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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