I ran across an quote some time ago.
It hit me like a ton of bricks, as they say, because the longer I live the more truth I see in it.
The quote has been attributed to a few people through the years.
It appears to belong to author Ian MacLaren, and I can’t find the definitive quote so I’m going to paraphrase.
He said something along the lines of, “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.”
I just want to tell you, whatever you are going through, keep going.
Never give up.
You are strong enough.
This post is a response to Sue’s prompt, which is “encourage.”
I guess this kind of rainy Monday would have really gotten Karen Carpenter down.
Maybe it’s got you down, too.
When you were born Feb. 20, I was elated. A lot of things ran through my mind at once when I thought about you, mostly pride and a plan to travel the length of the country twice in a weekend to see you.
My pride has only deepened in the six days you’ve been here, especially since I heard you’ve already peed on your mama.
My plan didn’t happen, but there’s another one in the works and we’ve been officially introduced on FaceTime.
Since I wrote to your sisters shortly after they were born, I thought I’d try to write down some things you might need to know about life.
You don’t know me, but I’m your brother.
I’m sorry about The Doobie Brothers reference.
Anyway, recently — on a Sunday after church — I went for a walk. (more…)
To my newest niece or nephew,
I kept you a secret for 67 days.
I normally have no trouble keeping secrets, but you were different. (more…)
Dear Maelynn and Maggie,
It’s Christmas, but you two were already fast asleep when this letter was written.
In a few minutes, your first Christmas will be your first Christmas past. (more…)
Dear Maelynn and Maggie,
I saw both of you for the first time yesterday.
It was the most surreal thing I’ve ever experienced. (more…)
To my nieces,
I was wrong about you. (more…)
To my nieces and/or nephews,
I found out about both of you on Christmas day.
You were a Christmas surprise to all of us, except your mama and daddy, and what a surprise you were. (more…)
Dear elected officials and future candidates,
I am a 28-year-old American citizen. I have a four-year degree from a reputable university. I have a job, and I am also a registered voter with the power to provide you with yours.
What I am about to tell you may not be the same feeling your constituents have, but I bet it’s not far off.