Tunnels, Lights, and Idioms

There is an idiom that has permeated a great deal of my brain-space lately.  Customarily, the phrase is spoken whenever a person or group has faced a grueling circumstance and is nearing the much awaited point of deliverance.  It is a popular saying--a mainstay for bi-standers (a.k.a. 'outside observers').  The idiomatic phrase is commonly associated [...]

Grip Strength

I caught myself pouting the other day, and I didn't feel guilty about it.  I was overseeing Jesher's care as a nurse attempted to calm him down.  Since being moved from a ventilator to a CPAP [Continuous Positive Air Pressure] machine, Jesher has been noticeably agitated.  And I can't blame him!  The contraption requires him [...]

An Empty Bed

I sauntered over to Jesher's cubicle anticipating the usual scene, but what greeted me upon my arrival was an uncommon and comforting image.  Jesher was resting comfortably upon his mom's chest.  Lhorraine was humming a hymn while holding up a speckled mirror to watch her son's facial expressions.  Here we were--sitting together as a family, [...]

Oh, The Places We’ll Go

"I'm sorry to say, but sadly it's true; bang-ups and hang-ups can happen to you."  I get emotional each time Jesher and I reach this point in the Dr. Seuss classic, Oh the Places You'll Go.  Actually, this whole section has a way of sinking deep into my heart.  It's simply too accurate, and when spoken [...]