17 Jan Slice of Life: My OLW for 2017 — Better Late Than Never!
This will be my fourth year participating in One Little Word. Ali Edwards began this idea in 2006. She reflects on how one little word can make such a difference in one’s life:
A single word can be a powerful thing. It can be the ripple in the pond that changes everything. It can be sharp and biting or rich and soft and slow.
I loved my word –TRUST– last year. It was exactly the word I needed – it became a companion, always by my side whenever I needed it. It saw me through the most difficult time of my life. Trust helped me understand letting go of my mom and remember the joy of our relationship. Trust gave me the strength to celebrate my mom’s life and legacy.
In April, I wrote a poem about my mom:
Mom was kind
never judgmental, always accepting
was a good listener
never an agenda, always supportive
never shied away from a good laugh
never selfish, always giving
loved being a mom
loved being a grandma
Clare Landrigan @All Rights Reserved
I have held this poem close all year. It is on my desk and I find myself reading it often. I decided I wanted to choose a word from this poem about my mom to be my OLW this year. Which word will keep her close? Which word will speak to me when I wish I could speak to her? Which word do I need right now? I love them all … how can I choose?
It has taken me some time to choose this year – this post is overdue. I decided to trust and see which word felt right. I tried a word for a day or two and then tried another. One word from the poem keeps coming back to me. It conjures up slices of my life, times with my mom and reminds me to see the joy in the moments around me. One word will slow me down to appreciate and enjoy the time I have with my two teenage boys – these times feel so precious as I see them growing up and finding their own way. One word makes me feel like I am with my mom when I say it, picture it and see it. I found my word.
… because Mom never shied away from a good laugh.
I have a feeling it is going to be a great OLW!