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A Curve in the Road – Julianne MacLean

  • “Just like the waves that keep rolling onto the beach, happiness may recede sometimes, but then it comes back. It always comes back.”
  • “Of course I’m happy. Why wouldn’t I be? My life is perfect. I have a job that I love, a beautiful home, a brilliant husband, and a son I’m incredibly proud of.” 
  • “I need to beat that spiteful little devil down with a big fat Oprah stick.”
  • “I needed to understand that maybe sometimes we go through life seeing only what we want to see.” 
  • “But sometimes, a flicker of light can emerge from the darkest, most unexpected tragedies.” 
  • “Intuition is a funny thing. Sometimes it’s a gut feeling, and you look around and just know something bad is about to happen. Other times, it’s elusive, and later you find yourself looking back on certain events and wondering how in the world you missed all the signals.” 
  • “Two other firefighters do a 360 around the vehicle, shining flashlights everywhere. I watch the beams sweep across the dark ravine. One of them speaks on a walkie-talkie to someone above us. I can make out his words that the patient appears to be stable.” 
  • “also know that I can’t protect him from pain. Pain is part of life, and we have to deal with it when it comes.” 
  • “I think of my son. I remember him as a baby in my arms—the sweet smell of his soft head beneath my lips when I kissed him good night before setting him down in his crib.” 
  •  “I know the feeling. I think it’s part of being a parent. Sometimes you just want to go hide under a rock somewhere, but you have to stay strong for your kids, to keep their world upright.” 
  • “Sometimes I still feel angry, but then I remember that he gave me you, and I’m glad I married him. I have no regrets about that.” It’s a monstrous statement, and it feels good to say it. To truly believe it.”
  • “I remind myself that my son is no longer the little boy I used to cuddle at night when we read bedtime stories together. He’s a man now, living on his own. I’m proud of him and pleased that he’s independent, even though I miss him every day.” 
  • “CHILDREN LEFT UNATTENDED WILL BE GIVEN AN ESPRESSO AND A FREE PUPPY and LOVE IS A FOUR-LEGGED WORD.”