DAILY: May 19, 2020

Well, I’m back.  It has been a rough period with The Way We Live Now in our shelter-in-place lives – what I have come to call The Duration.  On top of that, my dear dog Teddy became ill with kidney failure and two weeks ago died in my arms at dawn.  I am just now emerging from it all.  Refocusing.  And the beginning of this refocusing is refocusing on sessumsMagazine.com.  Therefore, here is the first DAILY in quite some time.  I apologize.  But onward.  Ever onward.

I was wondering how I might usher in this refocusing post and found myself humming along with Blossom Dearie whom I longed to hear this morning as I continue to heal from the tear in my heart from this Teddy grief.  If you’ve ever lost a pet, you know that there is no grief like it.  Although it is quite specific to the loss of that pet, it also lances all the grief you carry around with you that you subsume perhaps in the love itself you feel for that pet.  It can be overwhelming, such grief.   I know I have been overwhelmed by it.  But Blossom’s sweet plaint – is there any better name to invoke as spring settles in than a woman named Blossom? – is so soothing this morning. I share her with you.  May she soothe you too as we all emerge carefully and empathetically from where we have sheltered ourselves.  Here’s to healing.  And the sweet plaints that plant themselves here among us this spring unlike any other spring we have ever experienced.  May this first DAILY post be such a plaint itself.







Blossom photographed by Bruce Weber


I’m glad we’ve caught up now this some other time … catch you tomorrow on the DAILY with another of my favorite singers …


  • Kevin Sessums is the author of two New York Times bestselling memoirs, Mississippi Sissy and I Left It on the Mountain.

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