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Over the past few months, my daughter and I have emerged from the fog of grief like butterflies breaking out of a chrysalis.

The second anniversaries of everything in many ways are harder, because we face them all wide awake now, realising that life goes on without a husband and father to share our lives.

May and June are much like Thanksgiving and Christmas with too many family remembrances – two birthdays, tenth wedding anniversary, another mothers day and fathers day, our first date-iversary.

We recently rejoined our grief groups at Bo’s Place and feel better for it.   Facing death head on, no apologies, moving forward.

A little sign here and there from R.  Kisses in the sky.  An upturned penny in an unexpected spot.  A favorite song comes on over the radio.  “Mommy,” says N, excited, “it’s the song from Daddy’s Celebration.”

The last day of school for both of us comes and goes, and we are dog tired.  Tears and laughter, just as on the first day over 180 days earlier.  New friendships forged, new lessons learned, and a new career for me.

And then vacation.  A week of serenity, sand and sun with R’s family in Florida.   We compare notes – taller kids, learning-to-drive-kids, heading-to-middle-school kids,  independent kids.   First day’s rain giving way to clouds, then sunshine.

Restoration, relaxation, reflection.

Making new memories.  It’s all good.

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