recently that I discovered just how gruesome this process actually is. Like a 13-year-old adolescent boy who thinks he’s starving to death 24/7, the caterpillar stuffs itself almost to death with leaves so that it has to shed its skin several times over. It then forms a shell around itself called a chrysalis, and begins to literally digest itself so that it liquefies. With the liquefied remains of its past form, the caterpillar is transformed into something entirely new. Like the butterfly, the pieces and parts of Holly’s past self—the young girl, the student, the hairdresser, the wife, the mother, the business owner—all of it—were transformed. And through “creative communion,” as Elizabeth Gilbert describes it, Holly let go of one season and found her wings for the next. When Chloe left for school in the fall, Holly said, “I came home and cried until I couldn’t catch my breath.” It helps to have a good cry, I’ve discovered, between the seasons. A week later as they were eating supper, Jonathan announced that with the additional income from Holly’s bracelets, the first semester of Chloe’s college was paid for. Holly smiled. “When he said that, it was the first time I realized that this was the answer to my prayer.” TCM Orders can be placed for Holly’s “Word Bracelets” on Instagram at _Grace_abounds_ Complete Computer & Networking Systems · Repairs & Upgrades · Consulting Network Installation & Service · On-Site Technical Assistance · Computer Products www.taborcomputers.com • 912.537.3339 222 Mose Coleman Drive, Vidalia, GA 68 Toombs County Magazine 306 W. 1st Street Vidalia, GA 30474 912.537.3049 Serving Serving this this community community for for over over 40 40 years!
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