Anything Lime

Why Do the Birds Go on Singing?

Dear Ashley,

Your heart is broken today. Your heart is broken because you learned how harsh and cruel and unfair life can be. Today you felt a sort of emptiness that cannot be explained nor understood. Today you learned that life is frail, and that is truly a sad lesson to learn.

I shouldn’t call it a lesson, though, because lessons teach us and build us, but this isn’t anything like that. There is nothing to learn from this, except that life is mean and cruel and sometimes things happen for no God damn reason whatsoever. That sometimes tears fall because of unpreventable circumstances.

Some of the most hurtful blows to our lives aren’t physical or emotional. Sometimes it’s in the soul. It’s like a piece of you goes missing. A piece you never really get back. This life-changing, heart-wrenching, horrible experience. I can’t believe such terror can happen to as good a person as you.

I hope that one day you will be able to use your inner strength to find peace in all of this. It’s okay to be sad today. It’s okay to be sad for a while. It’s okay to curl up in a ball and hide away from the rest of the world in an attempt to mask your pain. And it’s even okay, Ashley, to let yourself heal. You’re a strong person, but everyone falls. When you’re ready to pick yourself up, I’ll be here.

You’re my sister and my friend, and I love you. Go ahead and hate the world for a while. You’ve earned it.




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  1. * ashley says:

    I love you Whitney. Thanks for all you do.

    | Reply Posted 10 years, 4 months ago

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