When you dine with the devil

Appreciate.  What’s the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year?  
How do you express gratitude for it?

I love that this prompt came on today. Today marks the one year anniversary of my own personal Apocalypse.  Today is the day, on year ago, when I thought my life was destroyed by rumor and innuendo.  I stand (I’m actually sitting in bed, I thought I should be honest) here bearing witness that I survived.  I came out the other side of hell.  Not because the devil didn’t see me.  Good heavens, I ate with him at his dinner table.  No, I came out because of my family.  
It’s hard to pick just one thing to appreciate the most from this past year. I don’t know if I could pick just one thing.  Only one thing.  But it needs to be my family.  
It would be these people:
And these people too:
And most certainly:
To be sure I will never be able to show my gratitude enough. I will never be able to attend enough graduations or soccer games or dance recitals.  But I hope all these people know how much I love them.  And how much light they gave me in my darkest times this last year. This is this best part about family: it is never about repayment and always about being. 
I am surrounded, surrounded by an energy that propels me forward.  I am so blessed by having these people as my family.  It is no wonder I could boldly I dine with the devil and ask him to please pass the hot sauce; I knew who I had waiting for me once I left.  I even cleaned my plate.
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I wrote and illustrated my first bestseller, "The Lovely Unicorn" in the second grade and I've been terrified of success ever since. Published by ShadowTeamsNYC and represented by Lisa Hagen Books

2 thoughts on “When you dine with the devil”

  1. it's nice to have this loving energy to propel you forward. i'm sure you do your fair share of being a loving, propelling energy.

  2. This entry is beautiful and made me smile.

    I hope they know how much they mean to you, but even more so, I hope you have MANY years ahead of you to show them!!

    Inspiring! =)

    ~Lee-Anne

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