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The Panda

The debate that surrounded each year’s costume started with one simple question “What are you going to be?” The decision as serious as the one that surrounded her birthday theme. We would start as soon as we saw the Halloween store’s sign. She would wander the...

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Falling Leaves

She would ask me- what’s your favorite season I would tell her "Fall" without hesitation. It’s the crisp blue sky, the air that bites in the early morning and the breathtaking display of color. As soon as I saw the first leaves begin to turn,...

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The Backpack

It’s the backpack that sits tucked behind the chair that haunts me. Not hers- hers is still in the box we received with the rest of her school things. It’s his- beside the chair where he dropped it last June. Each week I make a...

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The Tiny Island

The car passes by and it is loaded with the suitcases, the bikes hang off the back and the kids- the kids look at me through their back window. I wonder if they are wondering where I am going. And right beside me- there he...

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Adventure Wednesday

As we walked down to the bus stop Freddy said - “It feels like the first day of school.” As the bus pulled away, my stomach dropped and my heart broke. I thought for the second time since December 14th- she should be on that...

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Birthday Balloons

It was the celebration we always began thinking about in May. She would always tell us she wanted an animal party…. all the animals. After days of debating ways it could be an “all the animals’ animal party,” she would settle on something manageable- a...

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Bottle Money

It just sat there, in the car console. My mind could not get beyond the few dollars that sat there. I could not tuck those few dollars into my wallet and continue on my day. That was the recycling money—the money that the kids would...

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Purple Pansies

We cleared the greens from Catherine’s grave and planted purple pansies in the planter that would take their place. She should have had a new dress with a big bow; she should have been tucking the small bunny into the shiny pink purse while she...

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Robins

As we drove into town Freddy spotted the first robin of spring. I looked out the window and didn’t see what he saw. I saw Catherine mesmerized by the flock of robins that took over our front yard each spring. She would come home from...

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