Robert Frost

Reader, there's no sense in sugar coating it: this week was tough.  I got sick and was laid out flat.  Then we got some hard news about our baby girl up at UW Madison Children's Hospital.  And then I found out that the boiler at my building--which was supposed to last until 2030--won't make it another season.   

I couldn't help channeling 5 year-old Emily and dreaming of ways to run away.  

Remember running away when we were kids?  I'll never forget it.  What a little cretin I was.  When things got bad, I used to pack a suitcase full of "essentials" (aka Little Debbies, a blanket, magazines), bid my family a dramatic farewell, make a sweeping exit from the front door, then start heading down the road, all the while knowing with certainty that I wouldn't get far, and that I didn't really need to run away in the first place.

But problems get a lot bigger as adults.  And there really is no way out.  Or back.  Or over.   So what's a grown-up to do?

In the great words of Robert Frost, "The best way out is always through." 

Those words really resonate with me tonight.  Who knows what the coming days will bring for any of us.  All I know is that there is only one way to approach it, and that is head-on.  Reader, whatever comes your way this week, I hope Frost's message is useful for you as well.  No matter what comes our way, I think we could all use gentle reminders to persevere.

(And on our way through life's hard times, we have unexpected bright spots.  After a miserable week, I played a show last night in Chicago with Steve Dawson at the Elevated Songwriter Series. What a lift. I felt so supported by friends and fans.  Thanks to everybody who was there...you can bet that I'll be riding this high as long as I possibly can.) 

I've got my fingers crossed this week is a bit better that last, but if it's not, I'm bracing myself and preparing to put one foot in front of the other and push through it.  ONWARD!  I'll see you next Sunday. -Em

2 comments

  • Tom & Sheri

    Tom & Sheri Rockford

    Hi Em Thanks for being so open about your life to all of your friends. It"s just a part of who you are and why so many people love you. Yes, we can only face life's problems head-on and do the best that we humanly can to deal with them. Next week Sheri and I are taking her stepson steve into our house to live with us. He has to sell his house and all of his possesions and at age 50 move in with us. Almost 5 months ago he had a motorcycle accident, underwent serious surgery and now has become infected with MRSA.. Because of the accident he has been unable to work,and has spent all of his savings and dipped into his IRA. At this time , we don" t know if he will be with us 6 months or up to 2 years. But, we will face it Head On and do the best that we can. You take care and let us know if anything we can do for you. Tom

    Hi Em

    Thanks for being so open about your life to all of your friends. It"s just a part of who you are and why so many people love you. Yes, we can only face life's problems head-on and do the best that we humanly can to deal with them. Next week Sheri and I are taking her stepson steve into our house to live with us. He has to sell his house and all of his possesions and at age 50 move in with us. Almost 5 months ago he had a motorcycle accident, underwent serious surgery and now has become infected with MRSA.. Because of the accident he has been unable to work,and has spent all of his savings and dipped into his IRA. At this time , we don" t know if he will be with us 6 months or up to 2 years. But, we will face it Head On and do the best that we can. You take care and let us know if anything we can do for you. Tom

  • Emily Hurd

    Emily Hurd

    Oh Tom. Thank you for the update. I'm sending lots of love to your family this week. Hugs to you and Sheri; Steve is lucky to have you in his life for the hard times ahead. We'll all get through this!

    Oh Tom. Thank you for the update. I'm sending lots of love to your family this week. Hugs to you and Sheri; Steve is lucky to have you in his life for the hard times ahead. We'll all get through this!

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