Is it possible to roll all these ways I love to write into one coherent post? Life has been unsettling for the past almost two weeks as I've prayed for my brother after his surgery the week before Thanksgiving. I've also asked that his wife Kathy receive the strength she so needs as the only family member allowed to see and support him during this time.
When I read Ruth's post, I was touched by the word "goodness" and wondered if we give goodness the recognition it deserves as we go about our daily lives. Even though Merriam-Webster is my go-to dictionary, it didn't fit the bill this time. I kept looking until I found the definition of goodness I wanted at dictionary.com:
5. the best part of anything; essence; strength.
An underrated quality in today's world,
but always there if we let ourselves
slow down enough to feel its touch.
It's in the soft curls of a freshly bathed grandson's hair.
The licking of the frothy whipped cream from the beaters
with a kiss delivered by a much loved mother.
The intense study of Lego instructions by three males
seated on the floor, assisting in the construction of Mater.
The toddler rocking in a chair given to my grands by a dear friend,
the walk to a nearby school ground for outside play,
the gathering 'round of our small bubble
to watch the carving of the turkey breast.
The early morning snuggles of grandfather and grandson
in the rocker as they head to Mars with Miss Pickerell.
The careful sprinkling of sugar cookie turkeys,
and remembrance of my mother
sharing turkey cookies with my own littles.
In the midst of 2020 chaos and confusion,
goodness is still here,
reaching out to touch us
with its essence and strength.
- Ramona Behnke
#52Stories is my attempt to write 52 stories from my life during the year 2020. At least one story a week, in no particular order, to remember and document some of the memories and moments of my life.
I'm too late to add my link for Poetry Friday at Carol's Corner, but you should head over to her post to enjoy poetry goodness galore.