Vigils and Remembering

Last night, Matt, the girls, and I trekked through downtown to attend the vigil service for those who were homeless and died this past year.

Such a lovely city, yet so cold feeling at times.

There were many reasons we wanted to attend.  Many reasons we wanted our children to attend.

So much we are trying to teach them about blessings, caring, and kindness.

It was a good time to stop and reflect.  Not only on people we care about who are, right this minute, homeless.

But also on how abundantly we have been blessed.  We have each other.  We have warmth and safety.  We have peace.

I want so much to raise compassionate, hopeful women.

Their little world is surrounded more and more with bustle, distraction, and selfishness.

I hope we can teach them to look around, to look outside themselves, to see.

There is so much that can be done.

It was cold last night.  I shivered, and couldn’t help but think of a friend a few blocks away huddled on a bench, of the man next to me on the bus, of women with no home of their own, of families who haven’t known peace in over a decade.  So much sadness.

So, we do what we can.  And that “something,” whatever it may be, is so worth the effort.

I loved what Matt said on the way home to the girls.  “Remember what you have, every day.  And share it somehow, every day.  Do something kind for someone.”

6 Responses

  1. I love this. You are an incredible example of what is virtuous and lovely and how to give. I want the same things for my children. There are so many struggling, right in front of us! I’m trying to teach my girls that whatever we make, we share. Whatever we’ve been given, we share.

    Thank you for a beautiful reminder.

    December 22, 2010 at 8:36 pm

  2. That was a good time as a family. It’s been a great experience trying to think outside ourselves, and I’ve learned that it doesn’t doesn’t take much, just a little something to really help someone else.

    December 23, 2010 at 10:51 am

  3. I’ve got a ways to go – it is so easy for me to focus on my little family and forget to reach out. You inspire me Ann – you seem to have a gift for helping others and I do think it is a gift that we can all have but you have definitely nurtured your gift.

    December 23, 2010 at 8:21 pm

  4. Talking to my kids only paints part of picture. I’ve been wondering how to show them.

    December 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

  5. Debbie Domenici

    You are so wonderful teaching your girls so much first hand. Oh, how I would love to teach these lessons to my family like you do. Thank you for your example!!

    April 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm

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