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The Incredible Faintness of Being

The Architect preferred white plates. No rims. Slick buggers, soapy and wet. A slice plowed her middle finger when she dropped one.

An ironic flip-off.

She saw blood and bone. Her meat and marrow.

Her axis tilted sideways, but she stayed upright.


Same as this morning.

She removed bandages and padding. Her non-football-loving Architect swaddled. A lop-sided linebacker.

Underneath, she found chewed meat, sealed with tape and gut. Because she loves the Architect, she’s still swallowing bile. Smiling. Holding his good hand.

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  1. …in sickness and in health….for better or for worse…. We hope that MTM continues to heal.

    November 26, 2014
  2. ouchhhhhhh

    November 26, 2014
  3. Sending get well wishes to MTM and a little hug for you, Andra.

    November 26, 2014
  4. You’ll get through this. In fact, I predict you’ll be a pro at it.

    November 26, 2014
  5. Love is thicker than blood, goes to the bone.

    November 26, 2014
  6. Wishing MTM a speedy and full recovery! And wishing that you may sail gracefully through, smiling all the way. 😊

    November 26, 2014
  7. A huge hug for you both!!!!!

    November 26, 2014
  8. Wishing you both a loving Thanksgiving of joy and celebration of your togetherness. Time does heal and love endures. Blessings to you both.

    November 26, 2014
  9. OY!

    November 26, 2014
  10. Emily #

    The things we do for love.

    November 26, 2014
  11. Ow. Every scar is a story.

    November 26, 2014
  12. Oh no, Andra! All I can say is: ALCOHOL for both, ASAP!

    I wish you both a calm and healthy Thanksgiving. xoxo

    November 26, 2014
  13. When it rains, it pours…

    November 26, 2014
  14. You’re a good woman Andra.!! Wishing MTM well.! and… Happy Thanksgiving.!!!

    November 26, 2014
  15. Hugs to you both! Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 26, 2014
  16. At least you didn’t pass out like someone I know…..sshhhhh, don’t tell anyone it was the LMTK. #outlikealight

    November 26, 2014
  17. Debbie #

    I could never be a nurse! I am so squeamish! Glad you went ahead with the trip! happy Thanksgiving and hope MTM heals quickly!

    November 26, 2014
  18. It is remarkable what we can (and will) do for those we love. You are tougher than you know. Praying for a relatively pain free, speedy healing.

    November 26, 2014
  19. Serious view of washing up….move on to simple bright red plates, like the gun decks of old men o’war…you won’t notice the blood:)

    November 27, 2014
  20. Such a dramatic little nurse… the Architect has a lot to be Thankful for Today.

    November 27, 2014
  21. aqilaqamar #

    that was a very well written 🙂

    November 29, 2014
  22. Doing a little healing over on this coast, too! Someone very near and dear to me is not being a very good patient. LOL! But this too shall pass. 🙂 I hope you’ve enjoyed your trip…and being away from home can be a good dose of hewing medicine. oxo

    December 1, 2014
  23. The things we do…

    December 18, 2014

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