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With just a little help from a friend August 31, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:13 am

They walked in a peppier way than when they’d arrived, like people who had faced a troubling problem head-on and had resolved it with just a little help from a friend.

(from Lucky For Good by Susan Patron)

Sometimes, you don’t even have to have resolved the problem to get that pep back. Sometimes it’s enough just to have a chance to talk about it and to hear someone else say that they’ve been there too and they understand. Or to hear them say that they care about what happens to you. This is how I feel about depression. If I sit at home and wallow in it, it deepens. If I go out and talk to a friend, over dessert nachos at a Mexican restaurant or on the bench next to the splash pad while our kids play, or in a heartfelt email exchange, I feel empowered to rise above the dark cloud. Depression doesn’t magically disappear, but I suddenly feel both lighter and stronger, like I can handle it with a little help from my friends.

Yesterday I had a follow up appointment with the FNP from my doctor’s office. She’s incredible, by the way. She told me I looked so much better than the last time she saw me. I told her I haven’t been taking the medication she prescribed. Instead, I got honest with my friends and they held me up, and I went to a counselor to give myself some designated time to deal with my emotions. I still have the prescription, and I’ll take it if I need it. But right now, this is enough. To face a troubling problem head-on, and get just a little help from a friend or two (or ten!). It’s enough.

Also, it reminds me of this song:



Kin August 28, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 4:26 pm

Uncle Edisto always told me, “Everybody’s kin, Comfort.”

(From Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles)


Fine August 27, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 8:17 pm

My head hurt. My plans were ruined. My dog was overwrought. But other than that, I was fine.

(from Each Little Bird That Sings by Deborah Wiles)

I love this. Just a bit of humor for a Monday. I hope you are all more than “fine” today. I’m pulling some lovely quotes out of my second reading of Each Little Bird That Sings and I’m looking forward to sharing them with you.


When people plant things together August 14, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 9:49 pm

We planted them together. And watered them. And then tightened the soil around them. It means something, you know, when people plant things together.

(from Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt)


Finally feel it August 13, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Kristi @ 10:20 pm
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Numbing the pain for a while will make it worse when you finally feel it.  (from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling)

I wanted to apologize for not writing regularly. For writing hardly at all lately. It has been a hard summer and I’ve been dealing with some degree of depression and anxiety which is a fairly new thing for me. I realize, however, that reading children’s literature and writing about it here, actually gives me a creative outlet to feel what I need to feel and process it in a healthy and healing way. So, expect to see more posts.


Puzzling changes August 5, 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Shanna @ 5:33 pm

How puzzling all these changes are! I’m never sure what I’m going to be, from one minute to another. (from Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll)