There are many, many things that are dear to me, but one of the dearest is a reader.
A dear reader contacted me with this finding, a sterling silver "breakfast cereal necklace." Yes, that very breakfast cereal that is so dear to us mothers, dear because it infiltrates and overtakes our lives and carpets and tabletops and carseats, ground into dust on floorboards, sofas, strollers, and high chairs, hidden in tiny fists and under tongues, carried in ziplocks, diaper bags and purses, never ever to be without until the day they disappear for good.
They disappear. You can try to cast them in silver and string them around your neck, but they disappear, and that's what makes them precious, our Cheerio days. They disappear.
This is a road that is neither solid nor silver, and all the more priceless for leaving no trace.
Thank you, dear reader.