On wisdom

There's so much I don't know
about the big stuff: life, death,
what it all means, or doesn't.

But what I know sustains me:
she will play legos for hours,
even fireflies make him nervous,
no poop talk ever gets old,
the weight of their sleeping bodies,
their ready smiles when morning calls.

Their songs and fights, bittersweet music
that's mine for only a fraction
of their wild and raucous lives.
Their hands quietly reaching for mine,
their dark eyes looking to mine
for guidance, acceptance, pride, and love.


There's not much wisdom in it,
but these details fill me up
and tell me exactly, without doubt
that without them, I'd know nothing.


  • Amy W Thornton

    Just beautiful! So poignant and true. Thank you for sharing! Smiles -

  • Pitterle Postings

    Love it. The words are wonderful and the pictures bring it all home. thank you for sharing.

  • melissa

    This much we know for sure.

    (Also? She is rock n roll, that girl is!)

  • Stacia

    Nope, poop talk never gets old. And neither do their little hands in mine. This is gorgeous, Kelly.

  • Jade @ Tasting Grace

    Very sweet. Love your words. And the photos! :)

  • Cheri

    beautiful Kelly. just beautiful.

  • Molly @ Postcards from a Peaceful Divorce

    I love the juxtaposition of the photos of devastation with those of your family. In the face of tragedy, it is so necessary to realize what is important: love!

  • Unknown

    This is so beautiful Kelly. So, so beautiful.

  • Hyacynth

    Beautiful prose, Kelly, celebrating the most wonderful pieces that make life worth living even in the face of disaster and chaos.

  • Alita

    Yes, this is simply beautiful Kelly. Love is really what makes the world a better place; even in the face of adversity.

  • Anonymous

    I love those pictures with the guitars!! Little Bella, screwing up her face with the effort is just priceless!!

  • Draft Queen

    Aw. Family guitar time!

  • Anonymous

    The pic of your daughter jamming and so into the moment brought a huge smile to my face!

  • Sofia's Ideas

    Oh, I love that - "these details fill me up" - just beautiful!

  • ayala

    I love the pictures and your thoughts.
    Take care my friend!

  • Bibliomama

    I can't comment cause you've taken all the good words.

  • Anonymous

    Wow. Just wow. This filled me up.

  • BigLittleWolf

    This is lovely, Kelly. Maybe the best thing we can do is look to our children as we look out for them. Look to them to reflect back the best in ourselves. Being part of something bigger than ourselves, but respectful of each of us, as precious.

  • ck

    "Their songs and fights, bittersweet music
    that's mine for only a fraction..."

    The perfect reminder for a Monday morning.

  • Sean

    Just beautiful Kelly. We really do have to appreciate our loved ones each and every day.

  • amber_mtmc

    I just love this, Kelly. The way you put 6 words together in such a poetic form really stuns me.

  • Rudri Bhatt Patel @ Being Rudri

    Beautiful and touching.

  • Melissa Haak

    I LOVE this, I wish I could say something more, but that really captures it all! LOVE! :-)

  • {Stephanie}The Drama Mama

    Haha! I love that last pic with all of them on the couch with their guitars. Do any of them actually play?

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