The gift of you

July 27, 2014

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When you start to crack open, don’t waste a moment gathering your old self up into something like you knew before. Let your new self splash like sunlight into every dark place & laugh & cry & make sounds you never made & thank all that is holy for the gift, because now you have no choice but to let all your love spill out into the world.

The Gift of You – ©2014 Brian Andreas

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Heaven II

July 20, 2014

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She said you know what heaven is like? & I said I wasn’t sure & she laughed & said grown-ups didn’t know much at all about important stuff & I said I had to agree with her even though I was one of them myself.

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Remember

July 13, 2014

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During the times you feel most alone, I want you to remember this: I held you & loved you from the moment you came into this world & that’s how it’s always been for me & if you forget, I am here to remind you as many times as you need.

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Lost in translation

July 6, 2014

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There are some days when no matter what I say it feels like I’m far away in another country & whoever is doing the translating has had far too much to drink.

Lost in Translation  ©2014 Brian Andreas

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Say Yes

June 29, 2014

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Say Yes -©2014 Brian Andreas
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Hard to impress

June 22, 2014

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Perfect Place

June 15, 2014

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Being bigger

June 8, 2014

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Landscape of the heart

June 1, 2014

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It is still so new & all we see is the empty space, but that is not how it is in the landscape of the heart. There, there is no empty space & he still laughs & grapples with ideas & plans & nods wisely with each of us in turn. We are proud to have known him. We are proud to have called him friend.

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Dropping Like flies

May 25, 2014

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 I like people until they give me reason not to, she said.

Some days they just drop like flies, though, she added.

Dropping Like Flies – ©2014 Brian Andreas

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Deep roots

May 18, 2014

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Whole World

May 11, 2014

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Moms come in all shapes & sizes, but they’re pretty easy to recognize because they’re the ones who teach you stuff all the time about how to be in the world & sometimes that sounds a lot like: chew with your mouth closed, sit still. stand up straight, be polite, Look them in the eye. & sometimes it seems like that sort of thing doesn’t add up to a whole lot. Until the day you feel the soft ache of love in your heart that makes you take care with a friend who hurts or when you look in a stranger’s tired eyes & you stop & smile. Or when you listen to the ABC song for the thousandth time & you laugh & say ‘again’ & suddenly you understand that is the real thing moms do & it adds up to the whole world.

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Words of comfort

May 4, 2014

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There are days I drop words of comfort on myself like falling rain & remember it is enough to be taken care of by myself.

Words of Comfort ©2014 Brian Andreas

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Packets of Light

April 27, 2014

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These are little packets of light & you need to plant them early in the year & remember to mark where they were because lots of times they look like weeds in the beginning & it’s not until later that you see how beautiful they really are.

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Remember

April 20, 2014

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Beautiful Things

April 13, 2014

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Once, there was a girl & a boy who wanted to change the world & at first, they thought it’d be easy, because if everyone could see how beautiful it’d be, it’d take about a minute, but all the people they talked to were too busy to stop & listen. So, they went off & did beautiful things all on their own & pretty soon people were stopping & asking if they could come along & do that, too & that’s how they figured out how worlds change.

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Hard work

April 6, 2014

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High Places

March 30, 2014

 

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Blue Squares

March 23, 2014

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Pretend visitor

March 16, 2014

 

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We stood out on the porch before we went inside & she told me her secret. Pretend you’re just visiting, she said. That way you’ll forget that they’re family.

Pretend Visitor – ©2014 Brian Andreas
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