May 12, 2008

Just Like That

Mr. D and I spent our weekend celebrating our Quaker community at the by-now traditional gathering at Blairstown. While in Blairstown, we played lots of Dutch Blitz:

and our Mr. D climbed every possible tree:

Meanwhile, disaster relief workers continued to struggle to get aid to the devastated people of Myanmar (Burma), and a huge earthquake struck China, killing thousands of people instantly and trapping many others. Just like that.

On my way to work today, I passed the house of our down-the-street neighbors, as I do every workday. About ten minutes later, a giant old tree on their property came crashing down, and just like that, they became a no-car family. No one was hurt.

All of which is to say, life has lately been full of reminders for me to be grateful for the things in my life that are whole. As well as reasons to consider supporting the work of those who will try to help speed the healing in those places that are broken.

As my friend Nancy's email signature said a while back:

"Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it." ~ Helen Keller

(Several folks commented worriedly
about the gap in my posts here.
Thanks for noticing & asking;
I got a little tied up in a work-related project.)


3 comments:

Wendy said...

amen to that!

Cloudscome said...

It's a scary world. Anything can happen all at the same time. Good to know we are all trying our best!

I'm tagging you for a meme today.

Nancy Bea Miller said...

Good post! And hey, my email signature still has the Keller quotation...I've been too busy to find a new quote-love right now. ;-)