Nicole’s Prescription

this poem was written in the summer of 2006 when Nicole was 12–I wrote it from my memory of an overheard conversation between my daughter and an older lady in our church community who was struggling with serious illness at the time


If you’re having a difficult day
Ya’ know
Arguing with your sister, grumpy with your mom
Here is something that can help
It’s just a suggestion but here’s what I like to do:

First you get a cup of tea,
or hot chocolate, even
Then you get your book.
Set your timer for 15 minutes
And read. Let the tea warm you up
Enjoy your book.

If you still need a little something,
You can eat a small square
Of really good
Really dark

In my experience
That can fix any day
That has gotten off to a bad start.

About Tamara

The church jargon is: approved for ordination, pending call. After eight years of seminary, and three years of CPE, internships, externships, and youth ministry gigs, I sit, perched on the brink of ordained ministry, ready to dive into full-time, full hearted ministry. But so far, no calling. I am a mom, a minister, a wife and a friend living in a small town outside Seattle. My husband Jeff and I raised our daughters Miranda and Nicole in community--designing, building, and making our home with our good friends John and Laurie and their daughters Naomi and Esther. Our own daughters Miranda and Nicole are recently launched to college, but happily live only a hop skip and a jump away. Our combined household also includes a Labradoodle, a Newfoundland, a 75-pound mutt and a 2-year-old puppy. I enjoy cooking (and eating), reading, writing, jogging, biking and yoga. I give my guitar and my garden less time and attention than I ought to, but love them both, nonetheless.
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