Digging Up Me

Lucy is turning eleven and craves her own bedroom.

Long gone is my era of sewing for hours each day.

The result is our family’s summer project: transforming my personal haven into Lucy’s own room.

Digging through my much loved creative space, tightly packed with hastily stashed pockets of my personal, family and professional history, has drenched me with memories. And with tears.

Artwork, receipts, cards, letters and scrawls. Job offers, lab notes, smiling babies I barely recall. Relics from my roaring twenties. Glimpses of eleven years of juggling parenting, career, creativity and me.

Loads of it purged.

I’m thrilled for Lucy. She’ll love her new room.

I just need to remember that this personal archeology is not about wrapping up me.

It’s about eliminating clutter. Clearing out cobwebs. Letting go. And celebrating the beautiful young ladies our girls are becoming.

It’s about life. And there’s lots more to come.

About Andrea

Andrea Ross was diagnosed with breast cancer October 6, 2009 and intends to survive and thrive. You can read more from Andrea here.

  • janice

    Well put. Sounds cathartic, your personal archeology dig.

    Letting go is a constant theme of parenting. I remember 11 – girls are starting to go places on their own – no parent, teacher, caregiver – just a child alone on the street. I remember having to trust that the beautiful young lady was savvy enough to be safe on her own. That was hard. And invigorating.

    There is lots more life to come and lots more digging up and lots more letting go.

    Enjoy the new room, Lucy. And Bayla – enjoy your space.

  • Isabelle Michaud

    This is what I am trying to do as well this Summer.

  • Mantolovich

    Wow, is that ever nice. Enjoy, Lucy! 🙂

  • Brenda

    Watched your video at PAB2010. Well said! I hope you're getting your strength back & feeling stronger.
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  • Brenda

    Watched your video at PAB2010. Well said! I hope you’re getting your strength back & feeling stronger.nXOXOXO,nBrenda CoffeenBreastCancerSisterhood.com

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