A friend of mine wrote yesterday and told me in the stretch of two months she had a hysterectomy, buried her father and lost her job. She has rebounded and is doing better physically, emotionally and financially but, she said, there are still days when “sometimes I cry a little.” It was a touching moment that wells me up all over again as I type this to you. She is one of the smartest people I know and she is heck of a great teacher. The world is less with her out of spirits and it will one day spin a little smaller without her.

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  1. Just reading that it touches me. It’s ok to cry a little…it’s good for all of us. It’s when you start crying to the Pina Colada song that it’s a little pathetic but that’s another story.

  2. Yes, very true. I used to cry so easily but somewhere along the line at one point I thought it made me weak and now it’s very hard to cry. I liked it better when I could just open up and cry.

  3. I tear up easily now. Not so before I had children…you couldn’t make me cry then. Kids have a way of making you so vulnerable….
    I hope you friend finds a little more laughter and a little less crying soon….

  4. musings — I’m glad we have another vote in favor of crying! I love it!
    Karen — It’s interesting your kids gave you a path to your humanity. My friend is doing better. She’s had a rough life. Her intelligence and stamina in always knowing things change is what gets her through.
    Robinov — I think cats are more vulnerable than kids. Kids become tough and self-protecting. Cats are always the least-tough thing in the world and that’s why they must always remain inside.
    RuKsaK — Beautifully said! She has always believed in me and I in her and I suppose that’s why we like each other. We recognize ourselves in the other’s eyes. We fight the system together. 😀

  5. musings — I’m glad we have another vote in favor of crying! I love it!
    Karen — It’s interesting your kids gave you a path to your humanity. My friend is doing better. She’s had a rough life. Her intelligence and stamina in always knowing things change is what gets her through.
    Robinov — I think cats are more vulnerable than kids. Kids become tough and self-protecting. Cats are always the least-tough thing in the world and that’s why they must always remain inside.
    RuKsaK — Beautifully said! She has always believed in me and I in her and I suppose that’s why we like each other. We recognize ourselves in the other’s eyes. We fight the system together. 😀

  6. True. Well they are tough in nature but as far as cars they are very vulnerable.
    Ugh my information isn’t staying on here and i have to keep entering it…I must fix this I’m far too lazy to keep putting in my name, email and site everytime.

  7. Yes, cats are terrifically hardy but in the outside world with dogs and cars and raccoons and people and even squirrels — they are incredibly vulnerable — especially those who have been de-clawed and shoved outside!
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  8. Yes, cats are terrifically hardy but in the outside world with dogs and cars and raccoons and people and even squirrels — they are incredibly vulnerable — especially those who have been de-clawed and shoved outside!
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  9. Weird it works on every site but this one. I’m sure it’s something I did 😀
    Yeah well that is why my furkids are only indoor even though I feel bad sometimes. I know I wouldn’t be able to handle worrying about them all the time and we keep them as entertained as we can in our home.

  10. Believe me, I give them probably more than they want. Just ask Aurora…
    Ok it works fine in IE for whatever reason. Hey could you email me the code you use for your gravatar on here? I want mine on the right and can’t figure it out.