The Lavalier

For many years I thought it had been lost. Several moves and three kids later… I know, to lose this would be unthinkable. Each time I remembered, I was OK thoroughly embarrassed. I’d told no one. That is, until I found it! Hallelujah and Happy Day! It wasn’t lost, per se, it was only mislocated…


“Today you are you! That is truer than true!

There is no one alive who is you-er than you!”

Dr. Seuss

Be not afraid to show your colors, your depth and soul!

Only then, at our most vulnerable,

when we’ve been cracked open and flaws are leaking

is there room to shine and grow.

Be unabashed you!


I don’t smell turkey today; aromas of onion, garlic, and pumpkin are faint. I no longer see the 13 individuals, those I call my tribe. The wine glasses are washed and back in the cupboard; the linens have been gathered. The eight-year-old’s energy has skittered away; the driveway is void of cars. The bustle and excitement, the race to prepare, have waned. My heart is full and I’m smiling.

I hear them.


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