Episode 36 – Refining Fires (And Saltine Crackers)

Pain is an incredible teacher. 

If only it didn’t hurt so much. 

It occurred to me while reimagining all of these journal entries for this project that I haven’t written much about my mom. 

The definition of “take for granted” is to fail to properly appreciate (someone or something), especially as a result of overfamiliarity. If the truth is that I’ve taken advantage of my mom, it certainly wasn’t intentional, but it’s painful, nonetheless. It’s crazy to think that something as incredible as “overfamiliarity” could result in anything other than acknowledgment, appreciation, and praise. And yet, I sometimes wonder if it is precisely because of her consistent presence in my life that I haven’t given her the credit she deserves. 


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