Here’s a few minutes of my free-flow writing from last week’s trip to Florida. Connor and I visited my dad and his wife, Gayle, who has Alzheimer's.
In the year since last seeing them, fatigue and hopelessness are my dad’s new companions as his best friend slips away into a childlike version of herself. Gayle’s daughter and granddaughter were also visiting.
Late Sunday afternoon, I sat on Maddie’s bed as she cleaned her room. We both felt tender. Kep and Connor had just left for the airport, heading back to Vegas. Connor had his Portland life packed up and was eager to step into his next soccer adventure.
There was parenting stuff (questionable study habits and the discovery of copious Netflix watching); technology stuff (reading more about the effects on our brain, focus, and attention… and OMG, what is happening to our kids and THEIR still developing brains!!??); marital stuff (long-distance living can create...
To help us keep our self-care front and center, I'll share here a bullet from Elizabeth Gilbert's list of ways to befriend ourself from this week's online writing circles, Befriending Ourselves: What It Looks Like.
Free-flow writing helps us see this truth. When we write and accept what we truly think, feel, see, desire, and imagine, we tap into something so human and so simple. The simplicity of life is spectacular!