Category: family_remembering

Some Words About Mothers From Me To You

Words About Mothers

In February, a friend recommended I audition for a show called Listen To Your Mother, a nationwide show wherein people from across the country gather for an evening to hear original essays on motherhood.  It never would’ve occurred to me to audition for the show had I not been pushed, and I’m so glad I was because it was a really powerful experience, both to hear other women’s stories about motherhood, and to write my own. Motherhood is pretty hard.  From…
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Petit Elefant Quote of the Week

Warsan Shire

I love a good quote.  Like, a lot.  So I’ve decided to start a new series on Petit Elefant that I’ve been itching to do for awhile: a Petit Elefant Quote of the Week. Starting today, I’m going to post a weekly quote.  Something that resonates with me, is relevant to topical world events, makes my heart sing.  Because a really good, timely good quote makes the world go round. When I went away to college, my older sister sent…
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Amazing Women Are Absolutely Everywhere

Everywhere I look, women are doing something awesome. I mean well and truly cool, inspiring, life changing kinds of things. It’s no secret I think women are amazing. I talk often about my phenomenally fierce mother and grandmother, and my posse of talented and strong girlfriends. Women rule, the end. I love dudes too, don’t get me wrong. I’m married to the coolest guy I know, and my own father and brothers are great guys. But today we’re talking about…
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Thank You For Being Awesome

Thank You For Being Awesome

THANK YOU. Seriously, thank you the most.  From the deepest place in my heart, thank you.  It’s a bit scary to put yourself out there, really super out there, like I did last week when I wrote about how I’m figuring out the purpose of life.  Being vulnerable is awesome, and also terrifying, but you made it terrifyingly awesome by your response to me opening up. Thank you for all the texts, comments, and emails about how that post resonated…
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On Books and Figuring Out the Purpose of Life

Allison Czarnecki

This post was meant to be about the books I’m loving reading right now, but it evolved into a post I’ve been writing in my head for a long, long time.  It’s about reading and books as much as it’s about living, and figuring out the purpose of life.  It’s patently obvious to me in retrospect that figuring out the purpose of life, at least for me, lies in reading the words of others as they reflect myself back to…
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Hardships Of Living With A Gorgeous Brother

Hardship Of Living With A Gorgeous Brother

It’s story time today, so pull up a chair and get comfortable.  I’m sharing a tragically funny story about the hardships of growing up with a gorgeous older brother. Over the weekend we went out of town for a 4-day state championship swim meet a few hours away from home.  My little family stayed with my aunt and uncle so we could rest and hang out at their house in-between morning and afternoon swim sessions.  If you’ve ever attended a…
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Learning About Your Within Self

life philosophy

  I’ve been learning about myself over the last couple of years, in a very philosophical type of way.  I mean, I already know who I am, what I like, what I’m good at and what I’m not, what I don’t love, what I’m willing to tolerate, and on and on.  But the last couple of years of my life, more than any other, have been the hardest of my life.  There’s been a lot going on with my own…
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Letting It Go

Letting Go

Hello friends!  I hope you’re all doing well today, I really mean it.  I hope it’s gloriously beautiful wherever you are, and that even if you’re neck-deep in snow or smog, or something less savory, that you’ve made your day happy in your own way. I believe in you. Have you ever chosen a word or phrase as a kind of personal mantra for yourself?  I know a lot of people choose a word at the beginning of every new…
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You Do YOU

you do you

I’ve been lurking in the corners of Petit Elefant for a few months, here and listening, but not participating in a way you, as readers, can see.  I’ve been going through some health stuff, privately, and I’m ready to be back here in this great community, better than ever. I have a lot of feelings about a lot of things, almost all of them completely happy and joyful and peaceful, totally wonderful.  I’ve hesitated sharing anything quite yet, but I…
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