As promised, I’m launching a new regular feature on the blog: Obscure Word Doodles! Last month, I started asking for word suggestions and, as usual, you came through. I have about 25 weird and wonderful words that I have no idea what to do with.
Actually 24 now, since here’s the first one, a word suggested by Ray Wilcockson. (Thank you, Ray!)
Let me know what you think, and feel free to leave more word suggestions in the comment thread.
Obscure Word Doodle #1
And, something else I want to share…
The Micah and Zachary Giving Library at the University of Michigan NICU is a program named after my friend Leslie Napolitano’s twin grandsons, born in January last year. Micah, the oldest and smallest of the two, struggled mightily against one medical setback after another and endured more in his short life than most of us will ever have to. When my friend wrote to tell me they had lost baby Micah, she said, “I will forever carry a lifetime of beautiful loving joy and unfathomable sadness for what he gave us and for what we lost.”
I think that’s what grace looks like: fragile and fierce, finite and forever.
When Leslie and I talked about what she was going through, she told me that part of moving through her grief involved reading, finding solace and comfort in the words of others. I’ve done the same thing countless times; it is the magic of books that we can crawl inside them and find, at least for a time, what we need.
I admire so much the positive impact Micah’s family is determined to make in their little boy’s name. You can read more about their story and about how to donate books on the Micah Smiles Facebook page.
Doodling “fardel” and writing about my friend and her family has me thinking (again, as I do so often) about the things we let go of and the things we hold on to, and how hard it is to know which is which. It takes a certain fearlessness to love beyond the pain. That I see that fearlessness all around me, over and over again, never fails to leave me awed.
And that made me think of this.