This past year has taught me a lot

I learned that I don’t have to be alone,

that I can let people help me.

I can be late, or choose not to go.

I can say no if I need to,

try new things, make new discoveries about myself.

I know there are many people far worse off than I,

that age is a state of mind,

and pain is just another difficulty to be borne.

Or to be overcome.

That although the sanctity of the family is important,

sometimes, friendship can be as strong,

even stronger than family.

My own version of adversity has shown me

that money isn’t everything.

Love doesn’t die, although it does change.

Children growing up and leaving home is a good thing,

and the empty nest is really a bed of surprises,

each one unfolding, revealing itself slowly,

unexpectedly, joyfully.





© Ellie Maziekien


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