This fall I’m heading to Seattle to begin graduate school. My impending transition has made me acutely aware of my inability to do everything (or anything, it seems) on my own. I am beginning to accept the fact that when it comes down to it I am needy. My American sensibilities are trying to rebel because I want to believe I can do everything on my own, but deep down I know it’s not true. I know that as a child of God I was made to receive love, support, and let’s face it, practical help!
Having grown up in a "non-traditional" family I've often allowed myself to fall into despair about what the future holds for my own family. I experienced my childhood between every-other weekends and talk of child support and alimony. Thankfully, I also continued to be concerned with Barbies, days at the creek, and neighborhood kickball games... my childhood was not all lost.
One Sunday afternoon while sitting in a local coffee shop with a steaming hot coffee and a book in hand, a fellow patron remarked in passing, “No morals, no regrets.” The words were meant for the tattooed barista, not me, but they broke through the punk music playing overhead and my mind began spinning with their implications. No morals, no regrets? I’m no philosopher, but it seems to me that the absence of morals may not magically erase the manifestation of regret.
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