06 April 2010

A List of Temporary Things, A Prayer for Maddie

So much of this world is temporary.
Cuts, scrapes, bruises, hurt feelings.
New car smell, warm laundry, fresh-cut grass.
Morning dew.
Rain, sunshine, thunder storms, fog.
Ice cubes cracking in a glass of water.
Dusk, full moons.
Jet streams, clouds.
Housing, vacations, backyard camp-outs, 'smores.
Ripe strawberries, cold milk.
First kisses, cravings, possibilities.
Cash, credit, debit.
Smooth legs, glossed lips, flawless mascara.
Temper fits, crying jags, benders.
Friendships, laughter.
Open doors, closed blossoms, movie premiers.
Gas prices.
Hunting season, baseball season, fire season.
Bad haircuts, shaped eyebrows, bikini waxes.
Staring contests, lottery numbers.
Blinks, winks, eye rolls.
Phone calls, cold feet, clean shirts.
Colds, fevers, zits.
Nap time.
Job offers.
Cab rides, flights, ticket prices.
Spring mornings.
Leaves on trees.
Light bulbs.
Strokes of genius.
Here's something permanent.
No mother should ever have to say goodbye to a child.
There is no greater nightmare.
On April 7, 2009, Mike and Heather said goodbye to their sweet, beautiful, blue-eyed Madeleine.
Heather, I want you to know that I remember your lovely daughter.
I remember her life.
I remember her spirit.
I remember her perfect, enchanting face.
I think about y'all all the time.
I carry your beautiful girl in my thoughts.
I'm holding you in my heart.
I'm so sorry.
I know it's not enough, that it will never be enough.
But I remember.
With love.
(Photo Credit)
Diptych will go up on Thursday this week.