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Mario Andretti

My younger daughter and I watched as they rolled her away towards the helicopter. I immediately got on the phone. Jolly Guy, Gingham, my parents, my two best friends.  I couldn’t get a hold of Gingham and I ended up calling his mother at 3am.  He finally returned my call and thankfully he was closer… Continue reading Mario Andretti

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Grey’s Anatomy

Prepare me for what I was about to see?  I can tell you that I was not prepared to hear her say something like that.  I guess I was so used to getting calls and things working out that I hadn’t even let my brain entertain the idea that this was life threatening, as in,… Continue reading Grey’s Anatomy

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Accidental

The door closed behind her and my heart sank.  That was a long hour and a half, but next time I looked up for the eightieth time it was 11:50.  I text her to remind her she should be on her way home and needed to be in the house by midnight.  No answer.  Fine,… Continue reading Accidental

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Beach Bums

Vacations at the beach with my children, to me, meant. lazy mornings, big breakfasts, longs days in the sun, big dinners and cocktails, maybe a night out or kite flying, walks on the beach or the amusement park, ice cream, miniature golf and no TV.  It was for decompressing and reading and sun tan lotion… Continue reading Beach Bums

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Faking It

The next day we returned home with our clothes from the back of my car and our pillows and blankets that we took the night we left.  Everyone was walking on eggshells, but Jolly Guy and I were trying to stay on the same page.  I actually saw a glimmer of hope between the two… Continue reading Faking It

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All for One

That first few weeks wasn’t easy adjusting, but we did it.  Jolly guy and I started to instill a few things to create our new-found combined family.  We had dinner at the dining room table every night we could together, we set up a chore chart which no one liked.  Each kid would have something… Continue reading All for One

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Trailer

It was the last night at my house.  I meandered through each room, empty and void of material things, but filled with memories of my life.  Filled with the perseverance it took to get there and filled with the hopes that I once had to be doing things on my own.  I no longer had… Continue reading Trailer