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The Extraordinary in the Ordinary

DSCN0596Sometimes at night I hear my youngest pad into our bedroom to sip water from the glass on the nightstand next to me. As she did this last night, I pulled her into our bed and she giggled with joy.

When we woke up in the morning, she snuggled against me and  said very quietly, “Mom, sometimes I’m afraid you’ll leave me.”

“Oh honey, I’ll never leave you,” I replied.

“But you’re older, and you might die before me, and that makes me so sad,” she said while wiping away tears that suddenly welled-up in her eyes.

“But just look at my mom, Nana,” I reassured her, “she’s still healthy and here; and she is older than me! Besides, when I leave that way, it’s because it’s my time, but I know we will be together again. Maybe we’ll even decide that next  time around, you’ll be my mom, or my sibling, or even my best friend!”

Still weepy she asked, “But what if I don’t remember you in the next life? I’m afraid I won’t remember you.”

“Oh baby, our hearts will remember each other,” I said as I gathered her in close. “Besides, we don’t remember our many lives together before this one, and that hasn’t made a bit of difference in how much we love each other right now, has it?” I reasoned.

“I love you mom,” she whispered and smiled.

“And I love you too.” I echoed back. Words that come so naturally and are so familiar to me, it feels as if I’ve said them to her countless times, over many, many lifetimes.


~There is so much that is extraordinary in the ordinary, every day.

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  1. Janet #

    Lovely thoughts, Lori Anne. I just sent them to my mom.

    Janet from your tribe

    April 14, 2013
  2. Beautiful, Lori. Your answers were thoughtful and wise. Made me think of this wonderful quote:

    I seem to have loved you in numberless forms, numberless times, in life after life, in age after age forever.
    Rabindranath Tagore

    April 14, 2013
    • Oh, I love that Phil! It is exactly how I feel so often. Thank you for sharing that beautiful quote.

      April 14, 2013
  3. I adore this, Lori. Thank you for sharing it with me:)

    April 14, 2013
    • You are very welcome Joan! The feeling is mutual with all the beautiful stories of peace you share with me, and the world.

      April 15, 2013
  4. Cindy #

    After our lovely lunch get together on Sat. I went to the bookstore to pick up “Wherever You Are, My Love Will Find You”, a book that a friend had quoted to me a few weeks ago. She’s expecting her first biological grandchild soon. Lori, you should pick up a copy or at least read the words – it’s heartfelt and delightful, perfect for your daughter. At the bookstore, I debated getting the hardbound version, or the “suitable for small children” version, with the super thick pages. I had no idea what I would do with the book, and for whatever reason, I grabbed the children’s version and started for check-out. On my way to the cashier, I ran into my cousin and his family – the absolutely PERFECT recipients of this book! Guess what, I was able to gift it to them and it felt sooo cool. Divinity in the everyday! LOVE

    April 15, 2013
    • What beautiful serendipity~which is another word for following our intuition in order to show up for these divine appointments! Thank you for sharing this beautiful story. It was a blessing to see you Saturday, and I will most certainly pick up that book.

      April 15, 2013

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