The Boomerang

I’ve fallen in love with Jessica’s writing and her way of seeing the world and I want to share her with everyone. Here’s a post to celebrate spring!

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Snowy First Day Of Spring

My youngest child turned seven in January. For his birthday he asked for a boomerang. We were walking through REI when he saw it a few weeks before his birthday. You would have thought it was his long lost love. He had to have it. He carried it over to me with pleading eyes and placed it in my hands. As I held it, I looked at the price on the back and said something to the effect of, “Good to know. You can add it to your wish list.” His bright face darkened with disappointment as he sighed a resigned sigh, muttered, “… Okay …” and trudged over to replace it on the shelf.

His exhale and sadness lingered just long enough for me to rethink the situation. As painful as it is to admit this, I knew I’d be my usual last-minute-self and never quite find my way back to REI…

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2 Comments on “The Boomerang

  1. Oh, Karen — I had one of those moments where I smiled and cried at the same time. I let out a little choke-cry-laugh and my whole family looked at my smiling face with tears in my eyes, smiled back knowingly and came to see what I was up to. I’m so touched by your words and that you were moved to share my post. You inspire me and make me feel more brave. Thank you.

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