Archive | March 29, 2012

Beautiful Thursday, Beautiful Survivor

I just returned from spending a week with my Aunt in Florida. We’re close. Legend has it that when she saw me lying in the warmer after my birth, she became overwhelmed with happiness and tears. The first thing that came to her, and in the form of a tender whisper, was the name Kimberlee Joy. Okay, none of that is true except that she named me (she still smiles when she tells people that). I remember her taking me to see every one of the Apple Dumpling Gang films and being the aunt everyone wanted to be with. She enjoyed spending time with me then, and she still welcomes me home now.

There was a time when we …