Harsh Realities

May 13, 2020

The Reopening of this House

The world might be reopening, but this house, our house, remains closed.  Not because I don’t miss family, friends, adventure, and the value of a moment.  Not because I don’t value relationships or get-togethers. Not because I don’t love fiercely and care deeply. It’s because I do.  I care immensely and with such intensity that staying tucked away, feels safe and right. I’m not ready…

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Our Mess. Our Safe Place.

I love this mess. I love this chaos. I love these little mess makers.  I don’t mind being locked away from the world with them.  The world feels scary. Here, together, we feel safe.  They drive me crazy, sure. They expend all of my energy, sure. But they also sprinkle love and joy and bliss everywhere they go. They make me laugh and cry and…

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May 12, 2020

Grief’s Jealousy

I see you with your mother. I’m jealous.  I don’t want to be, but I am.  Pieces of my heart are so incredibly happy for you, but other pieces ache with jealousy.  My mother is gone. She’s dead. Buried at a cemetery, and gone forever from my future. Sounds harsh because it is.  I see you making memories, taking pictures, and enjoying life together. I’m…

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May 9, 2020

Mother’s Day without your Mother

I was blessed with an exceptional mother.  A mother who is no longer here. A mother who has passed. A mother gone too soon. Because my mother is gone, Mother’s Day aches. Because there are only memories, Mother’s Day hurts. Because my mother has no future, only pictures from the past, Mother’s Day is harsh.  Because she cannot be hugged, or kissed, or seen, Mother’s Day…

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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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