With Quiet Courage...

This morning, my 6 year old ran downstairs with a joy and excitement I haven't seen in a while.

Mommy, it's here!  Spring is finally here!

Nevermind that Spring in New England technically arrived weeks ago.  It has been cold, icy, windy, awful since the first day.  Our hopes for warm sunny, tulip filled days were shattered.  We waited and waited - but it didn't come.

Finally, today, the sun is shining, the clouds are few and far between, the sky is a gorgeous blue - and we have a renewed hope that we were not forgotten.

Kids have a way of keeping hope alive.  They have a way of being a renewable energy source in our severely depleted souls.  We only need to look in the faces and eyes of our children to find good, to find innocence, to find unconditional love.  We cannot let them down - just as they never let us down.  Every morning after yet another unfathomable disaster, their purity renews us and reminds us that we must keep our chin up, our hope alive, and our strength- in the face of chaos- unwavering.

I hope you can find strength, courage and love in the days ahead - no matter how your life was touched by this tragedy in our beloved city of Boston.  Find a quiet courage to stay positive for your children, for your families, for your spouse, for your friends and neighbors.  Nod and smile at people you see today, extend a kindness, and know that by doing that, you are holding hands with humanity and proving to evil that it will not take over our lives.

With quiet courage, humility and love - we walk together one step at a time,

"In times of grief and sorrow I will hold you and rock you and take your grief and make it my own. When you cry I cry and when you hurt I hurt. And together we will try to hold back the floods to tears and despair and make it through the potholed street of life”
― Nicholas Sparks
"Courage is more exhilarating than fear and in the long run it is easier. We do not have to become heroes overnight. Just a step at a time, meeting each thing that comes up, seeing it is not as dreadful as it appeared, discovering we have the strength to stare it down.
— Eleanor Roosevelt
You Learn By Living (1960)



  1. Amen, amen, amen. That is all I can say. Oh, that and I love you. xo

  2. thanks so much for your kind thoughts today, may you feel the grace sent your way.

  3. Beautifully said.

  4. Having been horrified at the turn of yesterday's events at the finish line of The Boston Marathon. I am acutely aware of all the goodness still intact in the Human Race.Perfect strangers ran to help the Victims and our Doctors and Nurses ran off the course and into the medical tent to help treat people.at a crucial time when we needed people to respond. they did and they did an outstanding job.We will overcome, we will rise up and We will Triumph. DG, after years of being stationed overseas with a list being handed to us of places to avoid because of bomb threats.I offer a simple piece of advice. As you travel through your daily life be aware of your surroundings. One minor detail out of place should send up a red flag .Pay heed and notify authorities when in doubt. Fortunately for a few military wives, that flag was seen by one wife and they missed the bomb that blew up that day .So stay aware, its your safety net now .


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