Sometimes our little street feels like Pleasantville to me.

We love each other. We parent each others’ children. We mow each others’ grass. We eat each others’ food.

But life isn’t perfect and as sad as the truth is, we live in a broken world. 2011 hasn’t necessarily been a good year for our little street. We lost Andy in an unspeakable and senseless tragedy and we’re still dealing with the pain of that loss daily. And just today Joel started aggressive chemotherapy (to be followed by aggressive radiation) for his cancer. Sometimes Pleasantville isn’t so pleasant.

But I am absolutely convinced that we were placed in this community for a reason. To love, support, and heal one another.

So amid the sadness, pain, loss, and struggle we’ll continue to love each other and parent each other’s children and mow each others’ grass and eat each others’ food.

For that is where the healing is found.

(But healing from that missed tackle may take a while, Mr. Billy…)

Aunt LuOctober 3, 2011 - 5:01 pm

You are all so blesseed to have each other.

TinaOctober 3, 2011 - 9:00 pm

Your neighborhood always sounds perfect! You are all blessed, for sure!

heather mayberryOctober 4, 2011 - 6:35 am

this is so sweet and true. healing takes a while and it takes people. i know andy’s parents and joel are lucky to have a street like yours to help them along the way.

MonicaOctober 4, 2011 - 8:57 am

My heart is so sad. As a mother of an only boy I can’t imagine. It is my biggest fear.I will be thinking about them all day…and then some. I hope all goes well for Joel.

Jessica WOctober 4, 2011 - 9:37 am

We live in the very same kind of neighborhood. Best of luck to Joel (I lost both of my paternal grandparents to tongue cancer that spread). It’ll be a tough road, but it sounds like he’s got a great support system.

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