At a teacher retreat last spring, I was asked to write a This I Believe essay.  This I Believe is a writing project modeled after Edward R. Murrow’s 1950’s radio program of the same name in which participants discussed “the core values that guide their daily lives.”  Normally, I enjoy writing but that day I was stuck.  By the end of the retreat, I’d put together something that was passable but only skimmed what was really going on in my head and my heart.  On the drive home I realized that the project was asking me to reflect deeply about who I am and that deep reflection was something I’d been avoiding since Amy O died.  I decided that if I wanted to participate honestly, I needed to talk about O.  This comic is what I wrote later that night.

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  1. A sad, beautiful entry.

    By the way, I know another two year old who will happily join any impromptu dance party you want or need. . . .

  2. Hi Amy,

    I found your blog via one of the children you babysat who was the subject of a recent post! (Who I found via The Awl and now follow on fb). I just wanted to say that I read your entire blog today & loved it. I often visit blogs & have a jolly old time but never leave a comment. This post in particular struck a chord, and I wanted to acknowledge how great your words & pictures are. Creative expression is healing & beneficial for the creator and must be vindicating when someone takes the time to reach out to say thank you and you’re great. Thank you, you’re great! There should be a tonne more comments of appreciation here, I bet many people have seen your work and been touched by it yet not let you know. Keep on keepin’ on. Love your work.


    1. Wow, Cass, thank you so much for this! I experience a mini panic attack every time I send one of these out into the world. It means so much when I know it’s been received. And I love that you found me through Michael Hobbes! I remember him as such a cool kid.

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