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Parting is Such Sweet Sorrow

         (Packing up my office- Last day is June 3) ‘Sweet, so would I Yet I should kill thee with much cherishing. Good night, good night!   Parting is such sweet sorrow.’   (Act 2, Scene 2) Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet The above scene, from William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet , is arguably one of the most famous in American literature.    Juliet uttered the most recognized line, ‘Parting is such sweet sorrow’ to her star-crossed lover, Romeo as they said good night.   What makes that specific line so fascinating is that ‘sweet sorrow’ is an oxymoron.   How can something be both sweet and sorrowful?   In the context of this scene, Juliet is expressing the feeling of sorrow at their parting, but the anticipation of reuniting the next day is so joyful, it is worth the pain of separation. I think this feeling of ‘sweet sorrow’ translates beautifully in many experiences we have throughout our personal and professional lives.   In our personal lives it could be a time whe

Happy Mother's Day- Good Moms Let You Lick the Beaters

“Ma… Mommy… Mum… Mother… Madre…,” my son rattles off—just in case I forgot my lot in life.    “Yes, Master Mason, what can I have the pleasure of doing for you today?” I mom castically respond. “Do you know where my keys are?” he asks.   I state the obvious, “Did you look?” “Ya, but you can find anything,” he states.   “Can you just help me?”   After asking him where he last saw them and backtracking his steps, his keys were found within minutes in his discarded jeans from the night before. “See mom, you can find anything!” he smiles as he grabs his keys and saunters away. I stand there for a moment with hands on my hips—like us moms like to do—in silent recognition that I was duped again by the child I chose to give life to. In celebration of Mother’s Day, I’d like to dedicate this article to all the moms out there “who can find anything!”   When we think of moms, we think of nurturer, supporter, caretaker, housecleaner, cook, nurse, and referee—among many other job