K I N T S U G I

“Did you know that pottery can be repaired with gold?” Kami asked. “Then it’s meant to be stronger than before, and more beautiful. Which is awesome, though it seems expensive.”

Her grandmother had nodded. “Makes sense to me,” she said. “Why be broken when you can be gold?”
― Sarah Rees Brennan

H A N D M A D E

“One hand I extend into myself, the other toward others.”
― Dejan Stojanovic

E L A S T I C I T Y

“Only surround yourself with people who will lift you higher.”
~ Oprah Winfrey

P R I M A T I V E

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart bared, beating forever outside its chest.”
~ Debra Ginsberg

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“The people who pretend that dying is rather like strolling into the next room always leave me unconvinced.
Death, like birth, must be a tremendous event.”
~ J. B. Priestley

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“Throw your heart over the fence and the rest will follow”
~ Norman Vincent Peale

H O L D

The fights we prepare for must also be against battles some will say are not ours.
~ V

C O N D I T I O N I N G

We must protect the skin of our babies, and in summer, the responsibility of tempering their exposure to heat becomes magnified. But as they get older, I find sunscreen a metaphor asking me to teach them not to be fearful of life’s rays that they not restrain themselves from swimming in the oceans of their rawness.
~ V

A N E M O I

“How did Nathan die?” Mom had been sleeping soundly and was awoken by that question asked by her daughter.  Her eyes fluttered open taking a moment to focus on her daughter’s unkempt hair and eyes still full of sleep because she’d just awoken too.