Kelley J. Leigh

Loud World. Quiet Soul. Listen beyond the noise.

Rear View Mirrors

rear view mirror

    Too Brief to Measure The cry will be a relief. Even so, I dread it like a natural catastrophe. I sit in the back seat of our family truckster, knees propped against the drivers seat. I sit there because my legs are the shortest in the family. We are on our way to drop off my third son […]

Craigslist Couch Fail


      “Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day. It’s about the choice to show up and be real. The choice to be honest. The choice to let our true selves be seen.” Brene’ Brown, The Gifts of Imperfection   Craigsrisk I should have known. The picture on Craigslist was a little too […]

Writing on the Wall

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  I try to write a note as each of my sons move out of the house (even if they end up coming back for seasons here and there). Here, the latest benediction to one of my sons.  For Isaac, about to head for college; a word to the one who paints the walls of life and gives voice for […]

Permanent Marks

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  Sons Parenting young adults is a different kind of parenting altogether. I wrote the first draft of this piece a few years ago, shortly after Second Son left home for the first time.  First Son had already left and come back and left again, as happens in the early twenties when the distance between home stays gets longer and longer. […]