My daughter began her senior year of college this week. On Wednesday I got a text from her. In the text was a picture of her and her roommates, holding a sign saying “First Day of Grades 15 and 16”. Of course, I started crying.
I am grateful that my daughter and her roommates were thoughtful enough to send this sweet note to all the Mom’s who have recorded every one of these “firsts”. I’m also grateful that no one at the gym saw me crying, because I was getting ready for class when she sent the text.
My word for the week is GRACE. Here’s how it was used in the books that I’m reading:
- Don’t look over your shoulder. The past is past. Just try to get through it, and give yourself some grace. Mary Kay Andrews
- These are the moments when we have to find the most grace: when we come to atone for the worst ravages of our conduct in darker times, when we have to tell truths that we’d rather ignore. Katherine May
- I’m not long for this world. My days of grace are far spent. Daniel Black
- She thinks about what Tabitha said, about how hard things had been for her in New York when she was younger, and wonders if in twenty years she and John will be more like Tabitha and Perry are now, if they will be confident and calm, if they have the money and the grace and the experience to handle anything. Eleanor Brown
- He was laughing, reveling in the presence of his beloved girl. He was full of grace. Stephanie Foo
- Her natural poise and grace combined with everything she had learned in her time in the limelight became the building blocks for taking my father from visionary to successful working artist. Lian Dolan
- It’s (China) ornamental floral descendants grace our springtimes with bold yellow forsythias and splashy rhododendrons, azaleas, and camelias; our summers with roses, peonies, gardenias, clematis, apricots, and peaches; our autumns with chrysanthemums; and our winters with citrus- oranges, grapefruit and lemons. Sarah Rose
- And also that in every tragedy, large or small, there are moments of remarkable grace. Kristin van Ogtrop
- Glenn compares the hungover state to conditions of nirvana or grace. Rob Walker
- Tyson writes for everyone and refutes science-deniers with humor and grace, in books, on radio and television, and most pithily, on Twitter. Jane Mount
- You’ve got to move on from the end of your marriage, and you’ve got to let go with good grace, because you have two wonderful sons who are the best part of your life, and you love them, and that’s an incredible gift from your ex-husband. Natasha Lunn
Here’s how I’m going to think about GRACE:
- Is grace tied into religion?
- Do we ever give ourselves grace, or are we too hard on ourselves?
- When we use the word grace, what do we actually mean?
- What are synonyms and antonyms for grace?
- Does grace have negative connotations?
- Can Grace be learned?
- quote 8- When amidst a tragic situation, are we able to see and value the grace, or is it only seen in hindsight?
She Walks in Beauty BY LORD BYRON (GEORGE GORDON) She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes; Thus mellowed to that tender light Which heaven to gaudy day denies. One shade the more, one ray the less, Had half impaired the nameless grace Which waves in every raven tress, Or softly lightens o’er her face; Where thoughts serenely sweet express, How pure, how dear their dwelling-place. And on that cheek, and o’er that brow, So soft, so calm, yet eloquent, The smiles that win, the tints that glow, But tell of days in goodness spent, A mind at peace with all below, A heart whose love is innocent!