Harsh Realities

April 21, 2020

8 and Becoming

She’s 8, almost 9, and she’s sweet as pie. She’s sensitive and kind. She’s compassionate and full of joy. And suddenly, she’s entertained the attitude and sass of a teenager. I’m not sure how the transformation started, but it came suddenly and without warning.  Shouts and giggles of words and phrases that feel untimely and inappropriate. Spunk that is both showy and irritating. She looks…

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April 20, 2020

A Mother with a Legacy instead of a Future

They’ve started. They’re everywhere.  Mother’s Day ads.  Visual reminders of the loss of my mother. Visual reminders that I have no need for cards, and flowers, and personalized gifts.  I live with the reality of my mother’s death every single day, but these ads make the loss raw. They expose the grief of special occasions clouded by a permanent absence.   Mother’s Day is now spent…

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April 17, 2020

Karli’s Story

She walked into parent-teacher conferences with a scarf tied around her head. The beautiful silk covered her shaved head. It covered the side-effects of cancer treatment. I knew the look, it’s the same look my mother had worn during her treatment.  Immediately I felt connected to this woman. Not only because I had the privilege of teaching her child, but because I knew the pain…

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April 15, 2020

I See You

I see you. I close my eyes and I see you.  I see your smile. I see your sparkling eyes. I see your slightly wrinkled hands and face. I see your warm demeanor. I see your charm and your radiance.  I don’t see the sickness. I don’t see the cancer. I see you.  I see you as your best version, the one where you still…

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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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