For Good Girls {MOMents linkup}

As a little girl I thought a lot about the life that stretched out before me.

I imagined it to be like the aisle leading to the front of Mrs. Tucker’s first grade classroom: straight, dotted with friends along the way, complete with a set of instructions spelled out in chalk in perfect teacher script.

Be nice to each other.

Listen well.

Do your own work.

I tried, wore my turtlenecks and colored inside the lines. I followed the rules and did what was expected of a good girl like me.

And that straight line of life? In a lot of ways I was right about it. But there have been twists and turns along the way. There have been unwelcome surprises and pain that threw me off balance.

When I was grieving the sudden loss of a high school friend my senior year, a counselor recommended the book When Bad Things Happen To Good People. And of course I didn’t read it.

I still haven’t read it, but I can guess what’s inside: the message that life isn’t fair. That living the “right” way doesn’t exempt you from suffering. From betrayal. From a profound sense of Why Am I Here and What Does This Mean?

I still don’t have the answers. But I do know this: we all have a story to tell. We all have soft places from old wounds that still hurt to touch.

And we all have a message that is worth sharing. Someone is listening who needs to hear yours.


Now on to the exciting part: I’m giving away a copy of Emily Freeman’s new book, Grace for the Good Girl: Letting Go of the Try-Hard Life…it’s a must-read for all you good girls out there.



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  1. sheri silver says:

    You are so right about this – I’ve written several posts that resonate for me in this way – one, here, about my daughter on her 20th birthday. How she wasn’t the daughter I was expecting in my then-young mind, but turned out to be the best daughter I could have ever hoped for. I hope you enjoy it! http://www.sherisilver.com/?p=1014

  2. I love this, ML. I love the line about the old wounds…how very right you are!
    Thank you for this link-up…I can’t wait to read all the MOMents :)
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  3. JD says:

    Love reading all the MOMents!
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  4. You gave me chills with this- the soft places from the wounds…

    Beautiful!
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  5. Ado says:

    I loved how you began this post, with your view of life laid out in front of you in your teacher’s perfect handwriting. I have a good friend who was like you and played by all the rules. I wasn’t like that at all – I drew outside all lines, rebelled somewhat, pushed envelopes. I did read that book and you’re probably right, you already know what’s inside it just from the title (but it helped me at the time…)
    Anyway – great post. (-:

  6. Sharon says:

    Thanks for doing this. I think we can ALL relate!
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  7. Wonderful words again. You never disappoint your readers!!! Thanks for the wonderful post!
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  8. Thanks , as always, for a beautiful and point on! Love reading your blog Mary Lauren!
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  9. Katie says:

    Beautiful words and sentiment. I love the thought of life being that straight aisle with “friends dotted along the way,” such a lovely and comforting thought!
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