In her post Auld acquaintance, Erica of I Lost a World explores the babylost parent's re-entry into ordinary life. How do we accept the trudging-along of the everyday, unable to stop any clock, while honouring our missing child(ren)?
She writes: I used to worry that I might forget Teddy, that his memory might flee from me as I walk in the snow, as I decorate the Christmas tree, as I watch the birds at the bird feeder, as I go about the mundane comings and goings of my life, and this terrified me...
The sheer volume of nominations this season made it tough to recognize one -- especially with so many resonant posts. But Erica's lovely reflection stayed with us because of a certain permission she gave herself, all vividly sparked by the lyrics of a song we all know.
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The Glow in the Woods Awards are back after a reorganization and somewhat of a winter hiatus, and we're thrilled to have a wonderful array of reflections, rants and smiles for you. Now being awarded seasonally, the following nominations for Winter 2008-09 encompass posts from December, January and February -- and the Spring 2009 award (we'll remind you) will recognize the writing of March, April and May. To review all the winners so far, go here.
Nominate any time -- whenever you find a post that moves you, send it us. Thanks for continuing to share your memories as well as your steps forward.
Our glowing nominees for December, January and February, in random order:
B of Shifty Shadow for Bundle of absence
Kirstin of Two Little Birds, Two Little Beasts for Ellery and Olivia
Sally of Tuesday’s Hope for Why Tuesday’s Hope
Erica of I Lost a World for Grief kit
J of Tea & Sympathy for A good day
CLC of Please Give Me Back My Heart for Raising stillbirth awareness
Forever Loves for Samples
Alexa of Flotsam for Scattered
After Iris for Damned lies
Monique of Samuel Marc for Philadelphia bound
Barbara of Burble for Haunted
Sarah of Ezra's Space for Magical walk, Dreaming of babies and Ezra’s great uncle
Elm City Dad for Universal ache
Gal of Growing Inside for Releasing attachment and Just like that
Living a Charmed Life for What shock looks like