Today is my middle son’s birthday. He would have been 27 years old. Living with loss is a funny state of being – we fight it at every turn, always dimly aware that it is inescapable. We create habits to keep us from losing our keys, our place in a book, lists so that we don’t forget one of life’s latest ingredients, we play puzzles to keep from losing our memories and thus, our minds. All this effort to avoid the ultimate equalizer of death. Justin died of SIDS the week before he would have been 6 months old.
Like anyone, I did not want a tremendous loss to be part of my reality. Not me, I don’t belong in this club. A good mom, a great mom…she’s not the mother of a dead child. It’s odd how I let the words of other people sometimes reinforce this falsity. I have to remind myself, they just don’t get it. All of us, regardless of your beliefs, we are human and must investigate our surroundings, our relationships, our relationship to everything through our unique perceptions and abilities. We are not meant to be perfect. If we are lucky we maintain the ability to shift and learn through the lifetime process. If we are luckier still, we have love in our life that is not lost but transformed and weaved into our story. Is it always joyful? No. An easy road? No. Is it worth the risk? Yes.
In past years I’ve often marked anniversary dates with poems to record my feelings regarding the death of Justin. I’ve never wanted to proclaim myself any more knowledgeable than another person on how separation by death feels. I felt that poetry was vague enough to easily be molded to others’ perceptions so that they could decide if there was benefit in my words. I still believe that to be true. Today is different. Today I want to risk being more direct about my feelings regarding Justin. I want you to know about him and the importance he plays in my life and who I am…and who I am becoming. Yes, he is sometimes seen as that tear you want to hide from – sometimes that silly smile as I sing along with an old song – he is part of me…every day. I want you to know so that you can understand why I am celebrating today. Like my other sons and all the important people in my life, Justin is worth celebration.
Please do me a favor as I honor his memory and place in my life and take time today to celebrate those that matter to you. Celebrate them if they are standing next to you, across the country, across the world, in a different belief system, a confusing time in their life, a confusing time in your life, in a difference of opinion, or simply in your memory. Allow me today to be bold enough to proclaim the importance of loving, deeply, with your entire self, even at the risk of losing it all.
Just a quick note to let you all know that I am thinking of you and hoping to visit your blogs this weekend. Class for the new job is very intensive and not leaving me much free time at this point. I will not be participating in Jingle’s Thursday Poetry Rally for a few weeks but highly recommend that you visit and participate if you can. You will find some amazing poets there. Take care, be well, stay happy! ~Jaymie
It has been a crazy few weeks in Jaymieland. Celebrations, family fun, accepted a job, joined a writer’s group, forgot to read the book for bookclub (who doesn’t love reading a book in a day?), babysitting my twin nephews, out of town guests, did I mention the new job? Now I am in frantic organization mode and learning a new phone so I can keep up. Please bear with me as I am determined to return to more regular poetry postings in the near future. I’m dancing as fast as I can and hoping you are hearing the beautiful music of spring.
Shakira over at You Are Never Alone presented me with this Easter gift basket for a cause. I would like to pass this along to all my readers so that we are sure to hit the donation maximum. Please consider posting this fun basket and participating in Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop. Rules and such:
Join Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop and
help to raise $5,000 for the Children’s Miracle Network.
Hershey has partnered with the Children’s Miracle Network
for over 20 years. CMN is a non-profit alliance of children’s hospitals dedicated to providing state-of-the-art care, life-saving research and preventative education across North America.
This Easter, Hershey’s will donate up to a total of $5,000 to the Children’s Miracle Network together with bloggers.
How can we do this together? It’s simple:
- Participate to Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop of giving away virtual Easter Baskets by creating a blog post with specific rules described here.
- Hershey Company will donate $10 per each blog post to CMN, up to total of $5,000.
- One blog post per URL counts towards the donation, but you can give as many virtual Easter baskets as you want.
- The Hershey’s Better Basket Blog Hop will officially begin at 12 AM EST on March 18th and end at 12 PM EST on April 4th, 2010. Blog posts submitted to us before or after that time period will not be counted for.
- The blog post link has to be submitted to us for the donation to be counted.
- In addition copy and paste the following text in your blog post:
HERSHEY’S BETTER BASKET BLOG HOP RULES
- Copy and paste these rules to your blog post.
- Create a blog post giving a virtual Easter Basket to another blogger – you can give as many Virtual Baskets as you want.
- Link back to person who gave you an Easter Basket.
- Let each person you are giving a Virtual Easter Basket know you have given them a Basket.
- Leave your link at BetterBasket.info/BlogHop comment section. You can also find the official rules of this #betterbasket blog hop, and more information about Better Basket with Hershey’s there.
- Hershey’s is donating $10 per each blog participating to the Better Basket Blog Hop to Children’s Miracle Network (up to total of $5,000 by blog posts written by April 4th, 2010).
- Please note that only one blog post by each blog url will count towards the donation
Soul Dose has been fighting an illness, and she is feeling lost right now. She has exhausted all of her options in South Africa, where she lives now with her family. In my opinion, she needs to seek a charitable foundation in this world of ours, that will take on her illness…and find some answers for her. Her family resources are limited and almost depleted. If ANYONE knows of ANY PLACE that can HELP, Soul Dose PLEASE go to her blog, and pass it on. I am going to start looking on the internet for her to see what I can find. YOUR LOVE AND COMPASSION IN THIS MATTER IS DEEPLY APPRECIATED.
Like others, I am passing along the message that Luisa Doraz at Believe In Yourself has so eloquently constructed on Silindile Ntuli’s behalf. Please visit Soul Dose for more information on her illness and to pass along any sort of assistance you can provide.
Whether you are a fan of Oprah or the Black Eyed Peas….Please give this one a gander. Wishing a good day and the feeling that comes from a flash mob dance! Blessings All!!
Click Here! (Sorry, I couldn’t get it to embed)
Just giving everyone a heads up that I had a sudden change of email today. If you were previously reaching me at firstname.lastname@example.org, you will want to update to my new email address email@example.com. The change has caused some other shifts, but more about that later.
On an exciting note… I am a Guest Squeeze today over at L. K. Thayer’s Poetry Juice Bar! Please stop by and give her a shout out if you get a chance. As mentioned before, lots of art and poetry to discover at the Juice Bar – be sure to leave yourself some time to poke around.
A few weeks ago Danielle over at Calliope’s Pen gifted me with the Kreative Blogger Award. To be honest it came at a time when I was feeling really unworthy and questioning the value of my own creativity. Being surrounded by the incredible bloggers you find listed to the right can be fairly intimidating. Having one of the most talented in the list single me out is just, well, amazing encouragement. Danielle is not only a talented writer but she is creative in a way few dare. She writes in form, out of form, in a box, with a….oh wait…what I mean to say is – if you really take the time to read Danielle’s work, you will be pulled back again and again. You will want to study the nuances that always exist. You will be challenged to try new angles with your craft because she is that inspiring.
So there are rules with this award and as part of my creative license, I have decided to disregard them. I cannot bring myself to narrow down my blogroll to a handful of creative recipients. Instead I have decided that once a week I will take a moment to tell you what I enjoy most about some of the incredible bloggers to the right. Reader, please stay tuned…fellow bloggers, please consider yourselves equal recipients of my admiration and this award. Feel free to copy the award and, if so inclined, email me for the actual specifics on this award.
Now, is anybody hungry??
Azfree over at Beyond My Window sent me this yummy today! If I read correctly, she has also deemed today as Sexy Donut Day. Be sure to check out her blog and the extra links you will find there. She is currently working as a journalist in Las Vegas although I am trying to sell her on the merits of Colorado. Her poetry will resonate and stick with you long after you walk away from the screen. Learn about Las Vegas, learn about yourself, just don’t let her slip past you.
Like the award above, this sexy donut is for all the SWEET bloggers out there! Whether you update everyday or once a week – this is for you. I may not always comment, often because I am stunned and can’t think of adequate words, but I am stopping by with coffee in hand you can be sure.
I have watched this video three times today and each time has led me to a smile. It is shorter than a sitcom and has far more to say. Olé!