“I’m sure there were days they were mad at each other, annoyed, stressed, or tired from a long day at work…but they still washed/dried the dishes together. As a kid, I didn’t think much about it. But as a 33-year-old standing in the kitchen I grew up in, that small gesture looked completely different.”
“The black Labrador set off in the direction of the last person they saw walk past them. Meanwhile, the golden retriever stayed back to watch over their beloved dad, who was unconscious.”
“I was told her heart defect was so severe there was a likelihood she wouldn’t make it to full-term. If she did, she may not survive birth. And if she did, they wouldn’t be able to perform surgery due to the complexity of the defect.”
“‘Are those happy tears or…?,’ the sonographer cautiously asked me as I sobbed upon the realization we were expecting our second set of twins.”
“Dogs in rural Ethiopia can be quite aggressive. Tewabe gently pulled me to his side. ‘I don’t want the dog to get you because I love you.’ I was shocked. He did not completely realize the cultural significance of his words. Yet I was living in an alternate reality at that moment, so I said it back: ‘I love you too.'”
“It’s okay to say embarrassing things. It’s okay to say something imperfect. But what’s even better, is to continue the conversation.”
Being a member of a world-famous marching band involves a lot more than simply being a great musician.
“If I was out there on the streets, homeless, I would want somebody, at some point, to think of me.”
Neffiteria teaches math and science at Gideons Elementary School, but her students are getting a lot more than just book-learning in her class.
“’I think I’ve heard of that.’ He had tons of questions. On our wedding day, I had a huge lung bleed that lasted two hours. Nothing like this had ever happened before.”