My name is Laura, and this is my website.
Weíve been on a journey together, this blog and me.
A teacher once told me that we are not human beings, but human becomings. Life can get really hard—there's no help for that—but your choices will decide who you become. A person has the choice to become a victim or a fighter. Iíve found that there are far more benefits as a fighter, but the archives of this website are rife with entries from both.
At the outset, this blog was meant to be light-hearted, and there is still some nonsense that breaks through now and then…but I no longer fear my deeper emotions or seeing them spilled over a page. It takes work to build a happy life: it can be an incredible strain to see the clearing sky behind the storm…but know that your strength of character will atrophy if you stop trying.
A defining moment of my life was the death of my mother on January 26, 2006. It is an event that I reference often. She was diagnosed with a rare form of neuroendocrine cancer after a routine physical. Just over two years later, she was gone. At the time of her death, she was my life.
My marriage had ended only months before…it was sudden, unexpected, and I was broken. I did not have the capacity to deal with something so big just then. I was just barely 24 years old, and my dying mother fussed over me, wanting to see me whole again. She lived five months longer than predicted, and my father credits them to the strength of a mother's love. She was the best person Iíll ever know…and Iím sure of that.
I was diagnosed with my motherís genetic disorder about six months after she died. I do not have cancer, and I feel profoundly grateful for this free pass. I havenít had the smoothest road…but the way has been clear for a little while now, so Iím feeling cautiously optimistic.
I remarried on January 1, 2011. Nick is a kind and generous man who has stood with me during some categorically crappy conditions. He isnít always the easiest to live with…but then, neither am I. We can make each other laugh to tears, and there is no one who I would rather come home to after a long day.
This website often acts as my Pensieve. I become a better person when I use it…and I appreciate life more, too. Other things you should probably know: I like straws, overripe bananas, warm weather, cookie scoops, and puns. I also have a cat named Sophie, but I write about her often enough on Sundays.
Thanks for stopping by and come back soon…the story is still being written.
Not the end.