Broken Just So: A Writer Wednesday Post

October 30th, 2013 | Posted by Irene in Essays


BrokenBroken Just So, photo and all text © Irene O’Garden, 2013

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Sad events happened this week, not so much to me directly, but in the lives of people close to people close to me. Business disappointments, unexpected hospitalizations and the untimely passing of a young mother here in our community darkened many hearts.

What do we make of such pains, such losses? The vase above came to mind.

It belonged to my mother, and is an object whose form I have ever loved. Earlier this year it broke.

As you can see, it did not shatter, but broke just so. It will never hold water and a live bouquet again. Yet I could not bring myself to throw it out. I kept it in my studio with the broken places turned from view.

This morning I was inspired to take a little fixture and refrain from cursing the darkness, so to speak.


Light Illumination, photo © Irene O’Garden, 2013


Had the break not been just so, this beauty would not be possible. But neither would it be possible had the break never happened.

Let us hope that in those times life breaks our hearts, they break just so. To let our light shine forth.



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