Mondays at The Variegated Life: three favorite links.
My sister Elisabeth e-mailed me a link to this story about the kindness of a stranger. It has me thinking, not for the first time, about my own lack of kindness toward those with whom I am most intimate. In this story, for example, I wonder about the mother. Why was the girl “too afraid to ask for something”? Why was the mother unable, or unwilling, to see what her daughter wanted?
I am reminded of an observation by Dionna at Code Name: Mama: “If I spent half the time finding peaceful ways to reply to my family as I do trying to respond peacefully to some stranger online, I’d be a much more pleasant person to be around.” Indeed. Why is it that generosity and peace can be so much harder to extend at home? I have some ideas, but they aren’t yet ready for sharing….