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The Lease
by Kim Sandstrom 
08/09/06
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I signed a lease with grief,

nearly two years ago.

On the line "How long would you like to grieve?"

I wrote in a shaky scrawl....

"As long as I need."

At the question "In what ways would you like to express your grief?"

I wrote in CAPITOLS....

"I will SAY and DO and THINK and BE anything I want for one year,

and at the end of that year,

if I want to renew my contract with Grief,

I will retain the right to renew my lease."

Tonight I stand on the cusp of the third year.

Nearly two complete years have passed.

I renewed my lease with Grief at the end of the first year...

because

I was not ready to stop

thinking, speaking, being, doing

just anything I wanted and needed...

so I gave myself another year.

As I bow and bend in the breeze of the second year passing by me,

I have begged Grief to extend me one week at a time on my contract.

I am not asking for a year anymore...

I am asking for one week more,

one week at a time.

Later, when I am able, I will...

If I can,

ask for one day

at a time

day by day,

starting the week after next,

which will be the first week

of the third year

of my daughter

going to heaven

without me.



If you died today, are you absolutely certain that you would go to heaven? You can be! TRUST JESUS NOW

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Summer Cordon 09 Aug 2006
Kim, this was nice. Often we don't want to leave mourning begind because it's the only thing we have left after a great loss. This was very well communicated.




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