Use the china

It’s been a quiet week over here at Recovering Corporate; a week full of reflection, gratitude, love, and also, profound sadness. Last weekend, one of my dear, close friends lost her five week old son. I’ve been searching for the right words but keep coming up short.

Instead, I thought I would share the words she wrote to her friends and family along with the words of others that lend some comfort and light.

Hug each other tonight.
Hug your sweet babies.
Use the china, wear the clothes, take the picture, do the thing.
Life is short.
– Vaungaylyn Zarcone

And here are a few more…

It’s being here now that’s important. There’s no past and there’s no future. Time is a very misleading thing. All there is ever, is the now. We can gain experience from the past, but we can’t relive it; and we can hope for the future, but we don’t know if there is one. – George Harrison

Forever is composed of nows. – Emily Dickinson

You may delay, but time will not. – Benjamin Franklin

Seize the moment. Remember all those women on the Titanic who waved off the dessert cart. -Erma Bombeck (Because V and I always order a side donut with our frittatas.)

And my mom, who told my brother and I as children that shooting stars are kisses from heaven.


I’ll be back next week with the usual lineup. If you would like to support the Zarcone family, there are two opportunities to do so here and here. We’ve also started a hashtag, #uZethechina to document the small yet significant things we’re doing to make the most of every day in honor of baby Jake.

With love, Rachel


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