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Life and Death

I went to go pick up Moses’ birth certificate today. The people who handle birth certificates also handle death certificates. In the long line there was either a mother with a baby or someone looking alone and sad. It was strange.

  1. Kate

    May 12, 2008

    Oh that’s sad. They mail them to you here, so I don’t have a clue where to get them. That is weird, but makes sense I guess.

  2. lola olivia

    May 12, 2008

    if you were someone who had just lost someone, that line would either make you feel hopeful or agonize even more… either way, very introspective…
    by the way, i loved the picture from your mothers day walk…

  3. love.boxes

    May 12, 2008

    That would feel strange.. the circle of life right there in that line.

  4. Meredith

    May 12, 2008

    I have to agree that the dichotomy of life and death so close together can really haunt you. I actually announced to my family that I was pregnant standing in the room with my Dad’s body the night he died. Somehow the circle of life was so evident and comforting that night.

  5. Inez

    May 12, 2008

    That *is* strange.

  6. Kirsten

    May 13, 2008

    Life comes like that so often. My husband and I lost a dear friend last week, then spent Saturday at another friend’s wedding (from a different circle of friends) and a stop-by at a party, then Sunday celebrating my mother, and then back to Monday, preparing for a memorial service.

    Life is fragile, and it is in moments like these – hard, complicated, beautiful – that we are offered the chance to truly appreciate this human existence. Or at least that’s what I keep telling myself.

  7. Everly Pleasant

    May 13, 2008

    Well, I can see how that would feel haunting, but in my experience in that kinds of office was weird but happy. We were bringing my four siblings there to get their birth certificates changed because we had just adopted them, so there were no babies involved which kind of makes people stare.

  8. TRS

    May 18, 2008

    odd indeed.
    imagine being the parents who just lost an infant – in line with all those babies. tragic

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