Earlier in the week, I received news that instantly took me back to a scene in the 1986 Rob Reiner movie, Stand By Me, based off the novella by Stephen King. Richard Dreyfuss’ character, Gordie LaChance, was sitting in his truck along the side of the old country-looking road. He was deep in thought, pensive after having just heard the news that an old childhood friend, Chris Chambers, was dead. It had been years since the two had spoken. The memories he had were from when they were barely teenagers, but the thought of Chris having been taken from this Earth brought those memories back as if they had just happened the day prior. Where did the time go? What separated them in life? Well, I didn’t read my news in a newspaper…it was on a Facebook post. It wasn’t even a close friend, to be honest. He was just a kid who grew up in the same neighborhood I did – but the news cut through the heart like a knife and brought back so many childhood memories. It had me deep in thought all week. Continue reading The News That Took Me Back Over 30 Years…
One by one the students file in, their pre-selected numbers dangling around their necks. They nestle into their seats, most of them sitting on their hands to hide their anxiety, and the judges march in to take their places. The lights dim and the host approaches the microphone. “Welcome, everyone, to the 10th Annual Spelling Bee!” Everyone applauds, a string of announcements are relayed and a prayer is offered before the actual competition begins. The tension is thick on the stage among the competitors, but the anxiety level in the audience is just as easily felt. Continue reading Annual Spelling Bee: Your word is – Anxiety!
Every March 3rd for the past 16 years or so, I have found myself staring up into the morning sky and sending birthday wishes to someone very special whom I lost unexpectedly that many years ago. This morning was no different. As I peer through the window next to my desk, I, perhaps for the fifth time this morning already, send birthday wishes to my father. Happy birthday, Dad! Continue reading Happy birthday, Dad….
There is an increasing number of individuals and families in the world who are learning to cope with the struggles of food allergies. This entity is not partial to race, religion, socioeconomic status or gender. It has no determined age of onset, it has no known definitive genetic trigger or cure. It is simply something we, as families, are just trying to survive on a daily basis….and, along with scientists, physicians and many other advocates, are working hard to understand and rectify. Continue reading Our food allergy story: The bite that sealed the deal