On My Mind

-thoughts of a wife, mom, author, illustrator, juggler, toy designer, teacher, camp director, ...

Monday, March 18, 2013

I Remember...

Those who know me well, know that on this day, every year, I write a letter or a story, or a poem in dedication…


Nine years ago today I held you as close as anyone can but it wasn’t close enough. I didn’t get enough time. It feels selfish to say, to think, but I still feel cheated. People say it gets easier but it really doesn’t. Those that say it haven’t lost. Life just fills with other things, other distractions, some wonderful, some not, but this day is yours and I will light a candle for you. I’m not wallowing in sadness, I remember your eyes when you looked at me. I remember how it felt when you squeezed my finger. I remember your strength. I remember you both.

Mourner’s Kaddish

Yitgadal v’yitkadash sh’mei raba b’alma di v’ra khir’utei, v’yamlikh malkhutei b’hayeikhon u-v’yomeikhon u-v’hayei d’khol beit yisrael, ba-agala u-vi-z’mon kariv v’imru amen.
Y’hei sh’mei raba m’varakh l’alam u-l’almei almaya.
Yitbarakh v’yishtabah v’yitpa’ar v’yitromam v’yitnase, v’yit-hadar v’yit-aleh v’yit-halal sh’mei d’kudsha, b’rikh hu l’ela (l’ela mi-kol) min kol birkhata v’shirata, tushb’hata v’nehemata da-amiran b’alma, v’imru amen.
Y’hei sh’lama raba min sh’maya v’hayim aleinu v’al kol yisrael, v’imru amen.
Oseh shalom bi-m’romav, hu ya-aseh shalom aleinu v’al kol yisrael, v’imru amen.

To read last year's dedication - A Lion in the Storm, click on the image below.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

You Are Strong, Jedi Renn

You are a brave boy. I know that we have never met but I feel like I know you because of the wonderful posts your mom writes and shares about you. I created the drawing shown below and the Star Wars Word Search for you. I hope that you have a way to print them out while at the hospital. Stay strong young Jedi. I promise to wear purple on Purple Day. I hope you know that there are writers and illustrators all over the world who are thinking about you and your family and wishing you well.

To see more links to blog posts created for Renn, go to Susanna Leonard Hill's blog.
To learn more about Renns' quest, go to The Brain of  a Jedi blog.
To learn more about Purple Day and raising awareness for epilepsy, click HERE.