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I Can Do This, Too

Yesterday evening, I had the pleasure of enjoying sunlight late into the night. Up here in Michigan, that’s how you know the long winter is truly over; the evenings are brighter, the air softer and warmer.

As the dusk light faded, I took some photographs and my husband worked on our car in the driveway. I tiptoed around plants and fumbled my camera as he worked his own sort of dance with his tools.

Soft, quiet, warm.

After some time, I joined him and helped replace a CV axel. He taught me how to place a jack stand, showed me the components of the wheel, and let me hammer the new rod into place. I don’t know the language well, but I can now change a tire, and I understand how the different pieces operate. Most importantly, I’m not afraid to tear apart a car and trust I could fix some issues on my own in the future.

Another anxiety softened. I can do this, too.

I’m grateful for his guidance and for taking all my nervous questions. I’d like to learn more, like how to change the oil and refill some of the engine fluids. The more I learn, the more I gain, the more I can teach others.

In closing, I’m reminded of a poem I recently read in Michele Lee’s “Being a Woman, Overcoming”, called “A Girl”. In it she reflects how she never learned certain tasks simply because other’s didn’t think them fit for a girl to learn. I certainly have a few of my own memories in which I felt overlooked because of my sex, and hope to try my best to avoid this pattern while raising my children. Food for thought…

Photo Credit: my image
© Samantha Burgett


  • Michele Lee
    May 24, 2023 at 5:37 pm

    Samantha! I was thinking about that poem as I read your post. Seeing your link made me cry. 💗 A sweet feeling. Thank you for much. I will share this soon. Overall delightful post with an important message. I really enjoy your writing. 🙏🏻

    • Michele Lee
      May 24, 2023 at 5:41 pm

      *very much
      I can’t type when I am crying. 😆

    • Samantha Burgett
      May 24, 2023 at 7:56 pm

      Oh I’m so happy to read this!! I just worked my way through “Becoming” and it’s been on my mind (especially in this moment, while working on the car). I have the other books in the series to read as well and am sure I will have more to say, but in the meantime, I enjoyed “Becoming” so much! It felt like having lunch with a close friend who “gets it”. Beautiful, insightful, soft and strong all at once. Again I know I’ll have more to say (and will be sure to leave a review!) after I work through them all, but I just wanted to thank you for putting this beautiful book together! 🙏🏻🤍 (And thank you for the kind words!)

      • Samantha Burgett
        May 24, 2023 at 8:00 pm

        (*woops, I think I meant “Overcoming” here. I’m sure I’ll enjoy “Becoming” just as much though! 😁)

      • Michele Lee
        May 24, 2023 at 10:45 pm

        Your words add so much light to my day – I hope you realize that. Thank you! I’ve been so focused on my novella… you’ve got me thinking about those chapbooks and how I can revisit them for a post. Bringing you along, of course! Thank you so much. Such sweet emotions. 💗

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