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By Diana PennPublished 3 months ago 1 min read
Top Story - December 2023
Photo by Adrian Jakob on Unsplash

My world is currently a great cacophony of cosmic chaos…

My daughter is staring up the cliff of puberty. I have stepped over the cusp of menopause, and my mother has started down the cliff of dementia/ Alzheimer’s.

I feel like the rope holder - of which I’m sure there is some official term. On one arm my daughter is crying because the book bag … which she has thrown all over the ground all year, and is stuffed to the gills so it barely zips .. yes, she is crying that her book bag is suddenly going to be irreparably soiled by leftover rock grit in the trunk of the car.

While I’m looking down at her from the crazy cusp of menopause, I briefly and maniacally contemplate dragging her tearful mess swiftly up that puberty cliff; skinning her knees and messing up her hair. Then … my anchor… my rock… my own mother is in the throes of pulling me, equally as swiftly mind you, down the other side with her own exasperated forgetfulness and vision loss.

I’m gritting my teeth, groaning under the weight… yelling at my daughter to stop crying, while my mother starts crying, and then I’m crying. All of this I’m doing while simultaneously pushing my daughter and towing my mother and begging God - “help me not to lose them both!”

And on queue, the great angel guardian of the heavenly jukebox slides in a quarter and presses F-13. An organ, a piano, and saintly voices fade in from the recesses of time “…in every high and stormy gale; my anchor holds within the veil. On Christ the solid rock I stand..”

Queue now the puddle of blubbering tears as I hug my daughter, and guide my mother up here on chaos cliff, as we sing… “On Christ… the solid rock… I stand.”


About the Creator

Diana Penn

Sinner being saved by grace. People Helper. Artist - photography, digital art, dabbler of words, creator of stuff. Weather nerd. Army Veteran. Mom of 3. Wife of 1.

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  • Annie Edwards 2 months ago

    This depicts three generations in such an artistically beautiful, yet raw way. You are extremely talented! It was so full of captivating verbiage that really evoked strong emotion :)

  • Naveed 2 months ago

    Amazing job! Keep up the outstanding work—congrats!

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  • Novel Allen2 months ago

    Oh what an apt description of the perils of growing older at any age. Well put. That is a lot at once though. Good luck. Congrats on telling it.

  • Kristen Balyeat2 months ago

    What an emotional piece, Diana! Sending love to you as you try to fill the cups while needing someone to fill yours. Congrats on top story! 💫

  • Dana Crandell2 months ago

    Congratulations on the Top Story, Sis!

  • Babs Iverson3 months ago

    Exquisitely written!!! Love it because of the pure authentic voice of the sandwiched adult!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Cathy holmes3 months ago

    This is beautiful, and portrays real strength through the struggle. Well done.

  • Dana Crandell3 months ago

    And you manage all of this very nicely.

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