Lean on We


May 6, 1983 – two teenage kids from Nashville  successfully navigate a first date.  He picked her up, took her to TGI Fridays and then to see Dustin Hoffman become Tootsie at Melrose Theater.  She put her hand on his knee during the movie.  It was more than enough.

May 6, 2013 – three teenage kids all of thirteen, fifteen and eighteen unabashedly sleep in the same room tonight because their presence with each other makes them feel strong. IMG_4038 They will remember this date on the calendar too, but not for the same reason.  Parents now, no way could those two kids from the eighties have imagined this day from their easy perch back then. It wouldn’t have mattered if someone told them how hard this would be.  They were in love as much as you can be at that tender age.  But it was real enough to get them to this night, tucking their sprouting adult kids in safe, remembering when they placed blankets over rising and falling shoulders in the crib, listening to each breath as magic, hardly believing how far those days are removed from this now, the now of today.  The large man kicked in the back door while the home alone from college eighteen year old barricaded herself in the bathroom, “they are in the house now, he kicked down the door, please, please” she screamed to the 911 operator.  She was strong enough to be loud enough.  They left.  She stayed put until the police arrived.  She gave them a solid description.  Four arrests already late tonight.  Four bond hearings tomorrow.  Thank God.  The invasion of a home cannot be aptly described.  It is only felt.  And the course of the journey set in motion thirty years ago today was not altered on this one, only confirmed.  Above every THING that could have been taken and destroyed, the love that built this house is stronger than a busted door frame and deadbolt, and through it all, still, it is more than enough.  It is everything.

Happy May 6, Honey.  WE are strong today.  And we bore children strong enough to know how to lean on each other.  I think they’ve been watching us.

11 thoughts on “Lean on We

  1. You are amazingly endowed with a gift for words Kevin, I am so thankful everything is ok, Todd will call you soon.

  2. Can’t seem to reply on Alykev but wanted to let you know, as all good writing is, this was inspired writing. It helps to write your feelings – for all of us. God love it…. Gran

    Sent from my iPhone

    • would have chosen some other form of inspiration, but I couldn’t sleep, and this came out. I was glad that the other four in the house could, and hope that continues. The little one may have a hard time. but we will deal with that. I told pops to find a good bird, name it, and send it our way today. Big week. Big year huh?

  3. As scared as I know she must have been I am so proud of the way she handled herself. Be proud of the young women she has become and know you are blessed in all things.

    • Thanks Sandy. Some days I feel no different than I did way back when we were classmates. Other days I feel like I’ve grown old. I guess life is like that. Love watching your family grow via Facebook. Have a great summer. Grace Ann takes her last final today and its off to Iceland for three weeks on Thursday. Thankful for sure.

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