Setting a remarkable example of profound resilience and admirable simplicity.
My mom had six kids and has always had a bright cheery nature weathering plenty along the way – not the least of which was losing her own mother during The Depression – tremendously difficult in and of itself.
Her mother tripped and fell down the stairs in the night holding an oil lamp (1930’s). My grandma, Mabel Marie Wood Walsh, was about 40 when she fell to the bottom of the stairs. The lamp ignited a carpet underneath her and she was terribly burned.
My grandfather found her, rolled her body in the carpet, and took her to the hospital that way.
My mother at eight-years-old and as one of eight children in her rural Illinois farm family – was told at the hospital she could kneel and say a prayer next to her mother shortly before she passed away. She did and next thing she knew her mom was gone.
Yep…tragic. And that’s just one of many stories that demonstrate my mom’s resilient tenacious beautiful spirit.
When times are difficult and answers are few, my mom’s mantras learned from her parents are, ‘There but for the grace of God go I’ and The Serenity Prayer:
God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference. -Reinhold Niebuhr
The peace it gives her helps at times no matter our religious or non-religious views. There’s quite a bit of beauty in the idea of grace.