When it all crashes down, when it falls and pushes, when we are broken - that is where the truth lies - that is where we find the ones who love us - down there at the bottom of the pit - taking on the burden of our tears. Because we're already dried out. Because we've already cried an ocean and burned our eyes raw and have nothing left to give.
To be loved is to be carried. It is to be met in the darkness. It is to be given permission to feel what we feel without apology. Permission to laugh or cry or sleep or eat chocolate caramel cake at 2 am just because it makes us feel a little bit better.
And I feel like we'll make it through. Peace will replace sadness in this beautiful mélange of family and friends that make it possible to carry on.
Sometimes just being together is enough to mend the brokenness.