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Sometimes life deals you such a harsh blow that despite the desire to stand, you find yourself tumbling to the ground. You lie there in the dirt with the dust of your descent still billowing up in clouds around you, and you realize that nobody has noticed or cared that you are no longer standing. They trample past, irritated that they must move around the dead weight lying in their way, but none stop to offer any help. They consider you gone already.
This is the point where every creature will choose either to cling to hope more tightly than ever, or to forfeit it completely. To cease caring means nothing more can hurt you. But to surrender hope, whether you are horse or human, takes a steady toll on the spirit: little by little the indifference will hollow you out into nothing more than an empty shell.
Pearl had become one of those empty shel
Lily's Beginning I rocked my five year old daughter in my arms and smoothed back her wispy chestnut hair.
"You know, Violet, I remember when my little brother Jeremiah was about your age," I said. She looked up at me with her big blue eyes, so like her grandmother's.
"You never talk about Uncle Jere," she said, leaning her head back to rest on my shoulder. "Will you tell me a story about him Mama?"
"Maybe another time, hun," I said, but it didn't matter because Violet's eyes had already drifted to a close. I did have a story to tell her, but it was not one I'd share until she was older. It was less about Jeremiah anyway, and more about myself as a child. About myself and my own mother
Lily skipped happily down the road towards her house as the late afternoon sun sank in the sky. She skidded to a stop in front of sky blue house where Ms. Nicole was outside cutting a blooming tiger lily.
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