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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    rural central ARK

    Default From The Pervasiveness of Loss

    A bedtime story:

    "Franz Kafka, the story goes, encountered a little girl in the park where he went walking daily. She was crying. She had lost her doll and was desolate.

    Kafka offered to help her look for the doll and arranged to meet her the next day at the same spot. Unable to find the doll he composed a letter from the doll and read it to her when they met.

    'Please do not mourn me, I have gone on a trip to see the world. I will write you of my adventures.' This was the beginning of many letters. When he and the little girl met he read her from these carefully composed letters the imagined adventures of the beloved doll. The little girl was comforted.

    When the meetings came to an end Kafka presented her with a doll. She obviously looked different from the original doll. An attached letter explained: 'my travels have changed me... '

    Many years later, the now grown girl found a letter stuffed into an unnoticed crevice in the cherished replacement doll. In summary it said: 'every thing that you love, you will eventually lose, but in the end, love will return in a different form.'" —Kafka & the Doll: The Pervasiveness of Loss, May Benatar
    "May you know that absence is full of tender presence and that nothing is ever lost or forgotten." John O'Donahue, "Eternal Echoes"

    Death is not a changing of worlds as most imagine, as much as the walls of this world infinitely expanding.

  2. #2
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    Apr 2010

    Default Re: From The Pervasiveness of Loss

    Leslie that is just beautiful.
    addy, zoe and koko

    My little dog - a heartbeat at my feet. ~Edith Wharton

    Memory is the power to gather roses in the winter

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2010
    San Diego, Ca

    Default Re: From The Pervasiveness of Loss

    It is so true. Thank you.
    Sonja and Apollo

  4. #4
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    Jan 2015
    Fairbanks, Alaska

    Default Re: From The Pervasiveness of Loss

    So very beautiful.
    I miss my Wrangell boy dearly.
    Thank you for sharing.
    Hillary ~ Shelby & Wrangell's Mom

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