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Family: Holly Cupala

May 22nd, 2009 (01:41 pm)
thirsty

Current Mood: thirsty
Current Song: I Want You Back by The Jackson 5

I have always thought of family as reaching beyond genetics and including friends. Several years ago, I realized family was even more. My husband and I lost our first daughter at birth, and I have never seen such an outpouring from our families, friends, colleagues, writing community, neighbors, and complete strangers. They called and visited. They sent cards. Meals. Flowers. Books. Every expression of kindness imaginable, to let us know we were not alone. When I think of that time, I think as much of the love as I do of the sadness. Now I know: a family is defined by love.

- Holly Cupala

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Posted by: Lisa Schroeder, Author for Kids and Teens (lisa_schroeder)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2009 02:31 am (UTC)

Wow. I love that. And totally, TOTALLY agree.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2009 04:12 am (UTC)

Nod nod.

Posted by: Courtney Sheinmel (courtneywrites)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2009 02:43 am (UTC)

I really like that line -- "a family is defined by love." And I'm sorry for your loss, Holly.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 23rd, 2009 04:13 am (UTC)

I shared your story (your family post) with a friend last night.

Posted by: brimstonesoup.blogspot.com (ext_105949)
Posted at: May 26th, 2009 04:52 am (UTC)

Thank you for posting this, Little Willow! I feel like the entire kidlit community is a family in that way. Thank you all for the kind words.

Posted by: Little Willow (slayground)
Posted at: May 26th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)

Thank YOU for sharing something so personal.

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