Because of Love

Sometimes I’m caught off guard when my Siamese hops up as I rock in my favorite chair. Once he lands lightly, he seems to ponder the timing. Will he stay briefly as though posed for a few photos, then leave me to my book or music? Or will he discern I am going to stay put for a while, and softly circle to sit just so on my lap? Is he there to find comfort or to offer it to me?

So it is when a memory pops up after a loss. I am never quite ready. Will it stay for only a moment, deciding I will not offer it enough time or space for a meaningful visit? Or will it find a cozy niche, settle in and offer comfort and joy to give the sadness a break?

I am learning to give memories time and space. After a loss it seems sorrow will never nudge its way out of my soul, but when I let memories settle in for a bit, sadness softly circles and makes room for soothing smiles. All because of love.

About Teresa Pearson Lee

Retired after 33 years of teaching English and French (one year in private school in Memphis, TN and the rest in public school in Doniphan, MO. Enjoying new adventures - all those things I put off for lack of time, energy, now I can try them! Pottery, writing, traveling, camping, kayaking, dancing, listening to some of the best live music ever, and making lively new friendships. All christened with an appreciation for great red wine! Created and operated KC's on the Current, then sold it and managed it for new owners. You might still find me at the reservation desk when spring rolls around. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO near The Hill. Though a transplant to Southeast Missouri, still a city gal at the core with a deep love of the natural resources in these Ozark foothills. Currently I am a content coordinator for Poplar Bluff Living Magazine and a columnist/stringer for the local weekly The Prospect News. My rescue Siamese helps with most of the proofreading; he has a great ear. I relish the solitude easily had in the Mark Twain Forest but thoroughly enjoy lively outings for music, wine, conversation close to home or in my beloved hometown. Technology is my greatest challenge but so worth the shared connections. There may be a need for solitude but there is little loneliness. The material in this blog written by Teresa Lee is her property and cannot be used without express written consent to do so.
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