Imagine discovering that the child you have just given birth to, the one that has come fresh from your womb after nine tiring months, the one that has just sucked in his first life-giving breath and wailed his first cry has been diagnosed with the life sentence of Cerebral Palsy. Imagine for one moment, the devastation. The shock. The numbness,… Read More
There is an immense crater, the size of a small lake. Where water once flowed from a nourishing stream into the crystal clear waters of this lake, now the stream is a barren river bed. Dust drifts away at the slightest breeze, deepening the crevice, cracking the ground. Where the lake used to be, the underwater plants have shriveled from the sun’s glare, lying flat against the hard, hot surface of the crater. It smells like death.
“Whatever anyone does or says, I must be emerald and keep my colour.” ~Marcus Aurelius, Meditations. At four, I sat among the rocks in the rock garden while my family waited inside to celebrate my birthday. Gazing at the piercing blue sky, I was overcome for the first of many, many moments of thinking, “I am running out of time… Read More