Standing

You have been gone for eight years now.

Some days, it seems like an eternity; others, it seems like not very long at all.  Grief is the strangest thing.  Just when I think it is gone, it comes again and grabs me by the throat.

What madness to have always had someone there…

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…and then he’s gone.

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I miss you every day.

Thank you for teaching me to be generous, even when I didn’t think I had enough to give away.  And thank you for teaching me to be loving, even when I didn’t think I was worthy of being loved.

Thank you for holding me up through so many first steps…

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So I could grow up to take and make all the ones I didn’t expect to be taking and making on my own.

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The human heart is strange, and huge, and great, and elastic.  And in my heart, you will always be a part of me.

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