I shivered from a draft swirling around me. My insides tightened as a force of fear invaded my world. Heaviness settled in the center of my soul, pulling me down. It felt like I was falling—inward.
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I looked over Dr. Barone’s chair at the book case against the wall. I studied each book, their color, size, shape and admired the order they were placed in. It reminded me of the bookshelf in Idaho. Then I saw it--in my mind's eye.
Talking about the times Mom was a way from home and in the hospital, evoked sadness, disappointment, and even fear, I couldn't explain. My insides stirred uncomfortably as if I wondered into deep waters. The heaviness of dread returned. Why did I re-visit this portion of my life?