not always

I saw someone at church today

whom I haven’t seen in years

from opposites ends of the hallway

we met in the middle

as I drew within earshot

he said of me, ”She’s always smiling.”

I shook me head “no”

and said aloud, “not always”

he stated, “It’s not your husband with cancer.”

I countered with, “Yes. It is.”

him: “It’s pretty bad. Isn’t it?!”

me: “Stage 4. Two surgeries. Chemo now.”

him: “Is he bedridden?”

me: “Last summer for awhile,

with chemo and radiation simultaneously.

Workin’ light duty at a desk right now.”

him: “We’ve been praying, but we’ll pray harder”

me: “Thank you.

We know that’s what’s gettin’ us through.”

then we parted ways

he and his wife went one way

I went another

they are headed back to Michigan

to the church he’s senior pastor of

it was good to see him

on this Sunday morn

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road trip

hittin’ the road

in an hour’s time

goin’ north again

to Chicago

not for sight seein’

for staple removal

it’s been two weeks

and a few days

post-op

already

hope the snow holds off

a little longer

and the wind isn’t too strong

sunshine would be nice

and blue skies

to say, “It’ll All Be OK”

from here on out

praying through it

and breathing

in and out

until then

goin’ on a road trip

a day trip

to Chicago

© 2011 Turquoise Tangles

snow prayers

my youngest son

is yearning

longing

dreaming

wanting

wishing

and praying

for snow

since it wasn’t today

maybe tomorrow

in his eight year old mind

he’s waited long enough

for snowballs

snow forts

snowmen

and snow days 

please God

let it snow soon

for him

I want to see his smile

and join him

in snow play

now I’m prayin’ 

for snow

too

© 2011 Turquoise Tangles