Harsh Realities

August 20, 2021

Too Sick to be Alive

They sit cuddled together as she helps him put on his shoes. He’s lucky to have a big sister like her and she’s equally as lucky to have such an adoring baby brother. As she slides on his tiny sneaker, he looks at her and says, “Why did Memere have to pass away?” She softly replies, “Oh buddy. She got sick. She got sick with…

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August 17, 2021

“Mom Moments”

No one can mistake the tri-leveled podiums displayed proudly during the Olympics, the ones that showcase the hard work and success of those standing on display. As I watched the latest medal winners waving to the crowd my friend said something I wasn’t expecting. She commented that while she loves watching the medalists in their winning moment, she really is just patiently awaiting the next…

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August 10, 2021

The Little Black Dress of Grief

As I pick through my closet I see it, the little black dress. The one that hangs hidden in the back of my closet, similar to my most agonizing grief. The dress that was chosen through denial and heartbreak. The dress that was worn to say my final goodbye, the one worn to bury my mother.  The dress that now sits in my closet constantly…

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August 5, 2021

The “I Have Never’s”

My mother passed away several years ago. Since the day she left my mind and heart have been flooded with the “I have never’s.”  Those very specific regrets, those newly targeted wants, those things you desperately wished for that you never got. The “I have never’s”.  Grief wraps your heart with an infinite list of unfilled wishes, unattainable hopes and limitless regrets. A heart 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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