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Blog #35~Looking for the Light

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Blog #35~ Looking for the Light

A dark cloud has cast upon us during a time when we all look forward to the holidays and rejoice. My heart breaks into a million different pieces.

Throat tightens, gulp
Tears shed, hearts broken, lives crushed, innocence lost
Hard to breathe and fathom; unthinkable
*Brumous skies clung densely above, silent… over heavy hearts……

None of us saw this coming. I planned on cheerful, easy piece about Christmas over the years this week……But all of that doesn’t feel right. You may be wondering about Nick’s feelings now. Nick has no idea of this tragic, horrific event. He leads a life of innocence that I wish we all could experience to some degree. But Nick feels sadness and has empathy when others are in pain. If someone is crying he will too. It’s a silent cry that tears at your heartstrings.

Light a candle and take a few moments to reflect….. This life we have is but one, and might be cut short in an instance. Hug those you love a little tighter and remind them how much they mean to you.

That’s what is in my noggin this week.
*Brumous– Of grey skies and winter days; filled with heavy clouds or fog; relating to winter or cold, sunless weather.


Teresa is the Author of "A New Course: A Mother's Journey Navigating Down Syndrome and Autism" and the mother of two boys. Her youngest son, Nick is 29 years old and has a dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and autism (DS-ASD). Teresa's passion is helping others understand and navigate co-occurring Down syndrome and autism. She is a DS-ASD consultant, advocate, speaker, and author. Follow Nick's world on Facebook, Instagram & Pinterest @Down Syndrome With A Slice of Autism and on Twitter @tjunnerstall. For more information and media links, visit

6 thoughts on “Blog #35~Looking for the Light

  1. Beautifully written, tenderly felt. The choice of words, the segues and the impact all masterfully done. loved it.

    Ha! – I wanted to work in the clichés..Gripping, Poignant, Compelling, Nuanced, Lyrical, Tour de force, Haunting, Deceptively simple, Rollicking (no that won’t work), Timely, Page-turner, Sweeping, Riveting, Powerful…but beautifully written, tenderly felt said it all…

  2. Hey T…. I thought about a comment to add to your blog, but, I’m having a hard time with it. I agree with your comment about hugging those you love a little tighter. Have a good week…


    Sent from my iPhone

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