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acceptance, crying, disappointment, friendship, some things you keep, writing life / 27.07.2015

  The library had warned me that people don’t show up for book signings. The author before me brought in three people.   Being a bit of an eager beaver and blindly optimistic about my newly released memoir, I prepared for a standing room only crowd with paparazzi and reporters trampling one another in hopes of a better shot at me, sure that “best-selling author” was soon to be part of my bio.   Okay, I lie.   I figured one or two or zero people would show up, but I still prepared a speech...

balanced life, coffee, friendship, golden rule, kids, life is good, living for real, make a difference, marriage, parenting, persistence, thanksgiving / 17.07.2015

  As a mom, it’s easy to feel unappreciated. Toddlers don’t typically thank you for teaching them to pee in the potty or for cutting their waffles into bite-sized pieces.   Preschoolers don’t seem to notice you are the genius who purchased their 3,000 Legos and their Batman undies.   I have rarely been thanked by my school-age kids for the cereal that is always in the cabinet (they must think it’s pumped in from Honeynut Lake) or for pulling long hairs (think small rodent) out of the bathroom sink drain. Most things...

addiction, crying, death, disappointment, fear, friendship, pain, repost, run / 08.07.2015

This post was first published on July 9, 2014. I am reposting in memory and honor of those involved. The accident happened one year ago today. I hate this day A best friend of a close friend’s daughter died suddenly yesterday in a ridiculous accident near our house that was not her fault. I haven’t stopped shaking since I heard the news and I didn’t even know the girl. My heart is broken for my young friend.   High school graduation was less than a month ago. Now a life of one...

crying, death, disappointment, forgiveness, friendship, pain, prayer / 09.07.2014

A best friend of a close friend’s daughter died suddenly yesterday in a ridiculous accident near our house that was not her fault. I haven’t stopped shaking since I heard the news and I didn’t even know the girl. My heart is broken for my young friend.   High school graduation was less than a month ago. Now a life of one of the hopeful graduates is gone. For no reason.   Trying to figure out what to do to help. Keep checking in with my friend to see what I can...

courage, forgiveness, friendship / 10.02.2014

My emotional scars are like a mark that’s been on my chin for 30 years. When a telephone pole unpleasantly stopped the car I was riding in, my head kept going, resulting in a bite through my chin and the dashboard, a smashed windshield, and a concussion. (Riding without a seatbelt in the front seat of a car traveling highway speeds in freezing rain is not something I would recommend by the way.) The blood and trauma were real. The stitches tangible. But the healing naturally progressed until...