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Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for the Slice of Life Challenge.

Join the Two Writing Teachers blog for the Slice of Life Challenge.

As many of you know, my middle daughter was married this weekend.  This was one of the happiest days of my life.  Today, I can barely see through my blurry eyes.  I am recalling all the advice I received as a mother-of-the-bride.  Most of it was unsolicited and tended to make me feel like a total failure.  However, this weekend, my daughter told me something entirely different.  A snippet of her note to me:

Without you, I wouldn’t be the woman I am.  Without you, I wouldn’t know what a real, true, and loving marriage is…

I have compiled my own Top Ten list of advice:

  1. When you don’t know what to say, say thanks.
  2. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  So much of it is small stuff.
  3. Love much!
  4. Pee when you can.
  5. Family is who shows up.
  6. Invite the talent of those in your circle.
  7. Hydrate (see #4)
  8. Everything around you is an expression of love.
  9. Let people be nice to you.
  10. Love much! (That one bears repeating)
The day after, left overs, flowers, and snapshots.

The day after, left overs, flowers, and snapshots.

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Join the Tuesday Slice of Life

That undeniable feeling of defeat I haven’t been able
to tell anyone about, not in words anyway

despite hearing the advice of my daughter
who studies this kind of thing;

She warns me of the dangers of depression:
don’t let this go on for too long

I can feel it pulse like my eyelids under my fingers
which average 10 blinks a minute varying quite

a bit based on the individual,
and things like medication and nervous disorders.

So am I normal? I listened to the weatherman’s advice.
I trusted the image of storm clouds.

Trust your inner self, says Oprah,
in this month’s O magazine advertising 101 best pieces of advice—

ever! The right words at the right time
will direct my path.

Not today–today the path

is covered in acorns that pop when I step on them.
Pop! Pop! Something satisfying in the act of

stepping on this winter squirrel snack. Hear me
stomping, making rhythm by destroying.

Bake the Best Chocolate Chip Cookie

or How to Have a Conversation: Things I need to know

to be the perfect O-mag reader, but what about
this day when I can’t focus on the words? My eyes

flutter while I hold back the tears.
I am imperfect and annoyed that this is so.

First, get a drink. Seriously, she says that, get a drink.
Something to hold on to when all else fails.

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