I Needed This Reminder . . .

Write Your Troubles in the Sand

I shot this photo of Gaby out at Footbridge Beach in Maine a while back, and then added the words about a month later.   I was going through a few of my photo folders and came across it, and the timing couldn’t have been better.   I’ve been super-frustrated lately with a couple of things that are pretty inconsequential when I think about my blessings, and when I think about where I was a year ago compared to where I am now.  I’m also sitting on the sidelines of a situation I can do absolutely nothing to do to change, and as a parent, this is so hard. I have a really bad habit of looking back and continually kicking myself for things in my past that in retrospect, I had no control over, yet I still blame myself for, and now, watching someone I care about try and navigate life and having to let this person do this on their own, well – it’s just really difficult.

I think, in general, moms wish they had magic band-aids that could heal everything and make everything better. The flip side is the fact that I know this person is one of the strongest individuals I know, and in time, what they’re going through now is just going to be a bump in the road they look back on, something that made them realize just what an incredible soul they possess and how much strength they have.

As this is Mother’s Day weekend, I just wanted to remind my own kids that each and every day, they give me more and more reasons to make sure every blessing I have is etched in stone, and of those blessings, their names are on the very top of that stone.

To my fellow moms and to the other women in my life who might not be biological moms but who have worn those shoes and stepped into that role, I wish you all a very Happy Mother’s Day!



I’m Audrey, the voice behind Barking Mad, a freelance writer and photographer, and owner of Barking Mad Media, LLC. In another life, my “voice” (they call it “air talent” nowadays) could be heard on Clear Channel and Entercom ( KISW, KJR, KHMX, WCOL, WNCI, and several other large-market commercial radio stations) radio stations around the country. I'm married to my lifelong British pen-pal, and have 4 beautiful children. I hope you’ll join me as I embark on a poignant personal journey to lose 225lbs and in the process, gain my life back. I also write about surviving the loss of my 2-year-old son, Joshua, coping with the subsequent depression, and morbid obesity.

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  1. I think it is a great reminder that we dont need BIG things, because the little things matter!

  2. What a wonderful reminder for Mother’s Day! Hope you have a great one Audrey!! :)

  3. What a great reminder and beautiful photo!

  4. What a sweet story behind the photo!

  5. What a beautiful sentiment. I hope that’s what I’ve taught my son to do, too. I know I have been so blessed and thankful every day. Happy Mother’s Day to you, too, Audrey!

  6. Sometimes, it takes strength to take a step back and let someone you care about take control of their own situation. But it’s only when you take that step back that you can fully appreciate the person that they have become. That is part of being a Mother.