I am sitting with my arms around her in a gesture meant to comfort, but it’s a perfunctory effort. My arms may as well be made of wood, and my heart, of stone.
It’s February and we are in Florida, attempting to celebrate my mother’s first birthday without Dad. Mom is raw and unsteady. As brittle and delicate as a fallen leaf. When I arrive at the airport, I hug her and try to find the right thing to say. Saying the wrong thing, even a sincere “how are you?” brings her to tears some days. But my own eyes stay dry.
I’ve been trying to draft some clever, thought-provoking posts. A post to make you laugh perhaps. Something that sums up the year in a witty way. And nothing to do with grief – for once.
But, nope! It just hasn’t happened.
I have lots of thoughts and, as usual, a desire to share them, but right now, everything in my head is a bit…scattered. Plus if I take the time to think, you might end up with more sad posts like this.
I needed some R&R. That’s what I got in the Naples area of Florida. One day we visited family friends who spend winters Dr. Beach’s #1 beach in the US for 2011. Siesta Key near Sarasota was indeed gorgeous. Continue reading →
Update: @FloridaGirlinDC is now @Tammy. What a great Twitter handle!
Tammy is another vivacious woman I regret not meeting during my years living in Washington, DC. Know that I plan to rectify that during my upcoming trip there.
Tammy’s Instagram account is a terrific way to peek in at her exciting life full of good friends, good food and one super cute dog named Ike.
OneChicklette: Your favorite qualities in a love interest
@floridagirlindc: Funny Democrats with jobs that like girls who eat out a lot and have small dogs. So, clearly I’m about to fall in love with a dull Republican that hates farmers markets and loves cats.
OneChicklette: Your chief characteristic (one word)
OneChicklette: What you appreciate most in your friends
@floridagirlindc: Loyalty, laughter and lots of wine.
America’s homeless population, particularly teens and children, continues to grow. 60 Minutes’ coverage of this subject tonight tore out my heart, dropped it on the ground and then stomped on it with a stiletto for good measure.
I want to do something. For starters, I have some electronics equipment I plan to donate including a brand new fax machine/copier/scanner I had planned to sell on Craigslist.
Of course I realize that there are homeless people right here in NYC where I live, however the fact that 1/3 of the United States’ homeless population lives in Florida put into perspective the magnitude of the crisis (as well as how it taxes one state’s resources).
If you’d like to join me, leave a comment that includes your twitter handle or another means of contacting you. Let’s see what we can do to help collectively.