There’s a soul-deep satisfaction that comes with giving yourself to someone, saying I’m yours. These hands, these toes, this body, this heart; they’re yours.

When I was in second grade, I read a picture book about a girl who refused to take a bath. She got stinkier and dirtier and at one point her parents heaped her with gifts, hoping desperately they’d convince her to get in the bath. The book gave me a stomach ache. I hated it.

I couldn’t think of anything more upsetting than someone not wanting a gift.




These hands.

These toes.

This body.

This heart.

They’re mine.



  1. I’m thinking of you, so much. If I can do anything at all, please let me know. Regardless, here are some good thoughts and some warm virtual hugs coming your way.

  2. Oh Maria….I’m so, so sorry for all that is happening in your world.

  3. I’ve been following this sorrowful journey on twitter and have been wanting to reach out to you. I hope your heart can start mending and you can enjoy some of your new-found alone time.

  4. <3 you are strong and wonderful.

  5. Lexi La Primera says:

    Thinking of you <3

  6. Sending lots of love.If you need to talk or rant or just sit quietly and say nothing I am here for you. I just went through this all 2 years ago it sucks balls. HUGS!

  7. I haven’t really known what to say, but I’m thinking about you. I’m sorry that you’re in the middle of this.

  8. Grumble Girl says:

    Oh, ack… I’m so sorry, friend. xoxoxoxox

  9. After seeing your Facebook post today, this makes more sense. Sending you big hugs.

  10. I’m so sorry, sweetheart. xo

  11. twomakesfour says:

    yuck. i’m here any time.

  12. You are one of my most favorite people in this strange internet world. My heart hurts right now. I’m sorry. So much love to you. xoxo

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