As I’ve mentioned, one Silver Lining of having had FBC is a brand new engagement with poetry. Until now, it has never been my thing. But, for some new and magical reason, I get it. Not all of it, certainly. Many poems still leave me blurry eyed and confused; however, the majority give me a warm, cozy and happy feeling inside. It’s as if a new voice is speaking to me. And I’m listening.
I’m even (dare I say it?) getting a 40,000 foot view of some poems. Like the following one about kindness, for example. In raising our daughter, a/k/a Sweetly Six, kindness is the one value that rises above all else. As a parent, I feel like there is nothing greater or more important to instill in a child’s life than kindness.
We have conversations about kindness — what it is and why it’s important — every day. Every single day. Conversations often go like this: “Being kind means that you don’t expect anything in return. You’re kind because it’s the right thing to do and it makes the world a better place.” An amazing Silver Lining as a Mommy is having the great honor of witnessing Sweetly Six’s kindness. It makes my heart sing.
When I was sick (and even now, quite frankly), I have had the great and amazing opportunity to experience the most astounding acts of kindness. I continue to be amazed by the generosity of loved ones and strangers. Not a day goes by that I am not filled with gratitude for the omnipresent kindness in my life.
I hope that this poem impacts you as much as it has me (Silver Lining!).