Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years

Slices of Life

By: Jill Pertler

Some of us live with a hole that will never go away. It’s an emptiness that can’t be filled. A vacuum within us that’s brimming with nothingness – not even air. Just a permanent, impenetrable, infallible, deep and vast hole.

At first the hole seems immense – because it is and, honestly, it always will be because the entity that filled the hole was immense in your life and that kind of largeness doesn’t dissipate with time.

But the hole isn’t the all of us. The hole isn’t our whole. It will always be a part of us, but it doesn’t define us. It doesn’t have to. We are more than t...


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