ELLIE’S STORY

Can Light Come Through the Cracks?

The story of my life and my pursuit of understanding

Jill Ebstein
ILLUMINATION-Curated
5 min readJun 18, 2024

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Light coming through crack in canyon
Photo by Joe Gardner on Unsplash

Author’s note: I write in a wide lane, but the one that has my heart is a fictional series that begins with “Alfred’s Journey to Be Liked” and proceeds to “Hannah’s Journal to Be Happy.” The next book in the series will be about Alfred’s mom, Ellie, and her somewhat dark and lonely life. Ellie has worked hard to change her world, but more is needed. Ellie is smart, earnest, a single mom, and an instinctive parent. Alfred has led her to realize that it’s time to face the cracks in her complicated journey.

Her story starts here, and I will be testing certain chunks over the next months to see reader response.

It didn’t take much for me to realize that I have spent most of my life thinking about “others.” “Others” are those who I thought needed help and felt compelled to serve. I forgot that I could use some help, too. I should have occasionally been thinking of me.

Yes, me. It feels so strange to write that.

Because, all my life, I’ve been thinking about my parents — my mom, who shouldered the burden of raising me; my dad, who died too soon in my life and was not well-matched to my mother for most of their marriage; my son, Alfred, who has much of my…

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Jill Ebstein
ILLUMINATION-Curated

I’m about dogs, our lovable and peculiar families, business, and writing in a wide lane, including fiction. I’m a positivity washer too. www.jillebstein.com