The Elevator Challenge

Have you ever noticed how awkward elevator rides can be (especially in hospitals)?  The 7ft x 9ft squared contraption has a way of ushering in an uncomfortable silence.  People will be laughing it up, enjoying the humor of a friend, a video, a song, or a scene, but, as soon as the elevator doors open, [...]

Lhorraine’s Prayer Tree

Our bedroom wall is blanketed with color like a forest canopy in mid-autumn.  But the leaves on this tree are not multi-colored due to a drop in temperature.  Although they do reflect a change in season, these neon pieces of paper reflect an internal--versus external--shift in climate.  The sticky-notes that spatter our walls are symbolic [...]

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 [...]