Thanking you for being there, in the nick of time

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

"Look," my brother said.  "Catch her now, with the light."  And my camera wasn't ready and maybe I wasn't either, but I snapped the picture in the nick of time.  The girl is smiling.  Her kite is aloft.

Early this morning I finished writing the first draft of a book and I was happy—writing makes me feel that way.  By noon, however, my mood had turned.  I'd received some news.  I was deeply distressed.  I felt something break within.

I did something I so rarely do; I reached out to my friends.  I said, What can I do?  I said, Can you help me?  And goodness flooded in.  This, then, is the lesson of this day—the thing that I will remember.  Not the heartbreak—not that—but the goodness in its wake.  The kite that still soars.  The girl that still smiles.  The blue sky that filters in after the storm.

I am in your debt.




8 comments:

Becca said...

You are the GOOD one, and we want the world to know it.

Lilian Nattel said...

I am so sorry that you got distressing news. Of course everyone would rally to your side and glad to do it, if sorry for the reason.

Mandy said...

I hope everything is okay, Beth. I'm worried for you today. Thanks for giving us this beautiful picture.

Beth F said...

Love the photo -- so glad you snapped it just in time. Hope things improve (in re distressing news).

Richard Gilbert said...

Lovely. A cover for your book right there? The best photo I took of my daughter was like that--last shot on a roll, fading light, barely caught it. As for the other, well. You caught the day's magic moment, at least, and that does not happen often. Let alone twice, at desk and beach.

Jeannine Atkins said...

You've made us fall in love with that girl with the kite, and we love you. You help us believe in a just world, and when that world fails you, we all feel a little hurt.

Annoying as it can sometimes be -- the tears have to happen -- we can try to take the longer perspective and imagine greater good down the road waiting. I do believe it's there for you.

Serena said...

I hope all works out for you soon.

Little Willow said...

Sending you good thoughts.

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