1. Linda

    Hello! I so enjoy your posts and this one I found particularly poignant. Thanks for the honesty—you are encouraging me to write my own! And also LOVE the recipe for the choc. wafer cookies. On my agenda for the weekend!

  2. What a fantastic post! I know you’ve been struggling with your back and your recovery. I truly hope at some point you get back to normal. Your words about Jennifer are so moving. I don’t know her either except to tweet a bit back and forth yet her loss has really hit home for me. We’re about the same age, both with young children… I can’t even begin to imagine the pain she’s going through.

    • Thank you! I found I’ve been feeling sorry for myself a lot lately and forgetting the big picture. There are so many more important things in life. My heart goes out to Jennifer. Maybe it’s the fact that, like you mentioned, we’re around the same age with kids close in age as well that made her situation feel so personal even though I do not really know her, but I do feel for her right now. She and her girls are on my mind often.

  3. Im so sorry to hear about your back problems, sounds truly horrible. I too read about Jennies story this morning, heart breaking isnt it. I loved the honesty of your post, and well i wouldnt be here if i didnt love the look of your recipe too! I also hope to make that pie and already needed a good basic wafer recipe so thank you for this 🙂

    • Thank you for your comments! It’s not always easy opening up but I had so much on my mind, I had to. Getting to work on that peanut butter pie shortly. Glad the recipe will be helpful for you!

  4. I had to think twice about commenting because almost anything sounds trite after reading this.
    I guess as a result of being in my forties and having seen people die way too young I have suddenly run up against situations that put the things I complain about into perspective and trust me the things I complain about are much smaller than your sciatica.
    You know you still have the right to be sad or angry but things like this might be the thing to help you move onto bigger an better things.

    • The thing is, it’s so easy to forget the bigger picture. My father also had a heart attack at 51 years of age–just 6 years ago. He was lucky enough to be in the ER when it happened and thus survived. He got better. He returned to his old lifestyle within a year. And now, it’s pretty much been an out of sight, out of mind thing–you move on and the lessons learned are forgotten. It’s really sad that it takes something tragic to jar us back to reality, you know?

      In other words, I should already know better.

      That’s not to say we’re not allowed to get angry, be sad, or whatever. But there are better things to put our energies into than dwelling. And that has been my problem. You’re right–it’s time to move onto bigger and better things.

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