A Joyful Journey...

Join Doris Smeltzer, critically acclaimed author/educator, as she muses on topics from eating disorders to the mysteries of life. Featured each Friday are select, astute observations made by Andrea during her all too brief 19-year life…it is she who taught us: the joy IS the journey!

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Tom and Andrea 6 months prior to heart surgery
Andrea, 18, watching her Dad in his hospital bed before open-heart surgery: I know where I got my chin angular and strong the outline still there on this man this man on the bed, sleeping. He gave me this chin.   It is something we sharea tie that even we cannot breakthe startling proof in...
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Andrea, 2, and me
 Final paragraphs of Andrea's missive home from Spain (see the last three Friday's for prior portions of this letter): Now it seems so natural and normal to clean up after myself. I get up—I make my bed. I change—I put my clothes away. I cook—I clean up the dishes. And it’s not...
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tent camping
Continuation of the letter begun two Friday's ago: And sometimes the memories are not as good. Often I remember how hard I was to live with, though recently not as often as in the past. And the horrible things I used to be able to say and the way I was...
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Andrea day before returning to Spain at 17
Continuation of last Friday's letter home from Spain--photo taken at the dinner table the night before returning to Spain for a visit at 17, goofing around with ribbon from a bon voyage gift: Sometimes I get flooded with memories so strong…not big things but the little memories of what our house smells...
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