Karen Joy Fowler

“ Every mother can easily imagine losing a child. Motherhood is always half loss anyway. The three-year-old is lost at five, the five-year-old at nine. We consort with ghosts, even as we sit and eat with, scold and kiss, their current corporeal forms. We speak to people who have vanished and, when they answer us, they do the same. Naturally, the information in these speeches is garbled in the translation.”

― Karen Joy FowlerBlack Glass

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  • Jessica – The Ma Books are looking GREAT! Well, this quote speaks to me – I have been through the ’empty nest’ thing. OMG. Although I am so very proud of my kids going bravely out into the world, living rich adult lives – yes, this is what I wanted for them – it was so very hard to let them go. I remember several years ago, cleaning out the remainder of my daughters things from her old bedroom. That bright pink Moroccan/Gypsy bedroom. She went away to college but she came back for the summers and that bedroom became a healing place for her. She grew stronger and she finished college. We dubbed her room – The Healing Room. So suddenly, she was ready to move on, really ready now, no coming back home to live. So I sat there in her room that day, it was empty now, just the wood floor and pink walls and I cried A flood of mixed emotions came over me, I knew she was never going to live at home again. I had to just get over it, this is the way it should be, and I’m finally fine now. Of course, I had to go through it all over again with my son! Yes, its hard to let them go, but now I’m a grandma and I’ve got another precious grandson on the way in October..seasons of life. I am so glad I somehow knew, when they were little, to really, really take it all in, those precious fleeting moments. It goes by so fast.


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