Harsh Realities

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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January 3, 2024

Mountain Called Grief

The mountain was there. I was simply too afraid to step on it. Too afraid of its climb and what the other side would mean.  The mountain’s name was grief.  It appeared out of nowhere the day my mother died. It stood in the way of everything. It hid my future, and each thing to come. It was so large and intimidating. I desperately tried…

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January 2, 2024

She Smiled

She’s smiling. She’s been through the thick of it, nearly sinking in the quicksand of grief and heartbreak. But she’s smiling. Not a fake smile either. The kind that starts from within. The kind that begins from joy or love, or both. The kind that says, I’m not just alive but living. She’s smiling and it makes me hopeful that I’ll smile again too.  If…

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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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