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Two weeks in a row, rusted metal… it takes me many places, but this week I was ambushed. I apologize that I’ve been unable to visit as many blogs as I’d like. I’m still catching up, after 8+ weeks away! As always, I welcome honest, constructive feedback. Please leave a comment and tell me what you think.
An Extra Word For Mom
It’s never been easy with you; so I step delicately around the things I want to ask you, and watch you recoil and spring.
“You’re too sensitive,” you say, as tears spring to my eyes.
That’s a lie. I am a sensitive person. It’s not a bad thing; it’s who I am.
“You’ve always been over-sensitive and too defensive.”
I’m defensive when threatened; don’t attack.
Just tell me why––
“Your dad didn’t take care of us,”
That’s a lie. I stand taller.
“I had no choice…”
That’s a lie too.
It’s diamonds and rust with you.
“I did my best.”
That’s the truth.
“I loved you.”
I loved you too. Happy birthday mom.
It doesn’t matter that you’re gone four years now; we argue on in my head.
Carole J. Quyle September 16, 1943- December 31, 2011, whose eyes were “bluer than robin’s eggs.”
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