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    Brian Andreas. Partial Enlightenment. The problem with knowing everything's going exactly as it needs to is that when you're not having that much fun it doesn't even do any good to complain.

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      The problem with knowing everything's going exactly as it needs to is that when you're not having that mych fun it doesn't even do any good to complain.

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    I used to believe my father about everything but then I had children myself & now I see how much stuff you make up just to keep yourself from going crazy.

    Everything changed the day she figured out there was exactly enough time for the important things in her life.

    I am going to build 2 of these this week..

    enough fluids

    deciding everything is falling into place perfectly as long as you don't get too picky about what you mean by place. Or perfectly.

    If you kill your brother, she said, you're going to get a huge timeout.

    Mr. Right

    I asked her why she never told us about the Ten Commandments & she said she wasn't ever that good with numbers so she loved everything as best she could & I remember thinking who needs all those rules anyway with a mother like her around.

    my thoughts exactly

    Brian Andreas. Heaven II. She said you know what heaven is like? & I said I wasn't sure & she laughed & said grown-ups didn't know much at all about important stuff & I said I had to agree with her even though I was one of them myself.

    If I love you with all my heart, she said, what will you give me? & then she stopped & said I didn't have to answer that because she was going to do it anyway.

    Brian Andreas. Flying Woman. For a long time, she flew only when she thought no one else was watching.

    Brian Andreas. Angels of Mercy. Most people don't know there are angels whose only job is to make sure you don't get too comfortable & fall asleep & miss your life.

    Brian Andreas. Bittersweet. She said she usually cried at least once each day not because she was sad, but because the world was so beautiful and life was so short.


    Brian Andreas. Quiet Pride. There has never been a day when I have not been proud of you, though some days I'm louder about other stuff so it's easy to miss that.

    I finally got to exactly where I wanted to be, she said, so why won't all these growth experiences go away & leave me alone?

    If you hold on to the handle, she said, it's easier to maintain the illusion of control. But it's more fun if you just let the wind carry you.

    Brian Andreas. Leaving Pieces. She left pieces of her life behind her everywhere she went. It's easier to feel the sunlight without them, she said.

    Brian Andreas. Survival. Some days I wonder how my kids will turn out, but most of the time I'm just figuring out how to survive them right now.