November 12, 2022

“I dread what I must tell the children today.”

An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque




As the night passes away, hour by hour, a blanket of inky darkness sweeps over the room.  A mortal dark comes down and smothers my thoughts.  I cannot help but think of the troubles that lay ahead.  I can’t bear going to bed with the left side empty.  I light a candle and sit by the glow.  I pick up the Good Book and find some consolation in its wisdom, love, and hope.  I gain spiritual courage from a quote in the book of Proverbs 3:5:6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths.”

And so, another night ends.  The morning dawns with the rising of the sun upon a weary world.  The birds begin to sing and the sun arrives uninvited.  I dread what I must tell the children today.


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October 16, 2022

"And when I wake, I realize that I had made a terrible mistake"

An excerpt from “Trouble and Strife,” by Johanne Levesque




Soon, Warren says his goodbyes and promises to come again next month.

After he is gone and the dinner dishes are done, I occupy myself by making porridge for breakfast tomorrow morning.  As I stir the porridge with a long heavy spoon in a black iron kettle, I think of Warren.  I hate myself for the pleasure I get out of my revolving memories of our brief times together.  My heart is in torment as the porridge boils and I stir it for an hour or so.  Why didn’t I just stay away from him?  In my dreams, he takes me in his arms, and when I wake, I realize that I had made a terrible mistake.  I leave the porridge to stand on the back of the stove overnight and join Eugene in bed.


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