Friday, February 26, 2010

COUNTDOWN TO PUBLICATION : DAY 45


45 DAYS TO GO

45 days is one-and-a-half months, which is no time at all... but right now I'm struck by the constructs of life, how publication seems terribly important until you think about what's really important: family and friends and making connections with people.

This short month, I was born nearly four decades ago. Last year, a little girl that I babysat when she was a toddler, died at age 16, on my birthday.

On February 20th, four years ago, a little baby boy my son's age, died in his parents' arms.

Yesterday, my friend's mom died.

February, with its frigid winds and snow, is a bleak month.

Today I feel fortunate that those closest to me are healthy and happy. I want to live in the moment and not in a constant state of anticipation. It's easier said than done, but I think it's important for all of us to try. I am looking forward to spring. Peace be with you.

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