The circumstances bringing an end to a long marriage can be heartrending. But with time this writer recognized a silver lining behind the cheerless gray cloud of a break-up.In her poem she alludes to her contribution to the friction in the relationship, the hurt that felt undeserved, and the acceptance that opened the way to a new life.
Next week, my oldest turns 13. I told him a few months ago that I wanted to do something special with him for his birthday. I quickly reassured him that we’d still have the traditional birthday party with family and friends, but that I also wanted the two of us to go out. He waved away my suggestion of going to a concert, and it was while we were visiting a local state park that he made his decision. “I want us to come back here and go hiking,” he said.
Cindy LaFerle is one of my favorite writers out there in the midlife cybersphere. She’s smart, thoughtful, and thought provoking as you can see from this humorous essay. Until I read this piece on the attachment we all have to our lipstick, I never really thought about it. But, I realize I horde my lipstick too...when I find the right one I nurse that puppy along until there isn’t a color speck left.
Ah, we have to have SOMETHING we can invest with the magic to always look our most powerful and alluring. Admit it, don’t most of us feel naked without our lipstick? But with it...well, ‘I am Woman, hear me roar!’