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This past Friday I was cleaning out the supply closet with a couple of colleagues. We came across a publication of the “87 Observer” from 1960. While going through the newspaper we were struck by a poem written by a 6th grade girl named Debbie Green. I am going to publish it here today to offer up some hope, light and love in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. It is through the eyes of children that we can remember the true meaning of being united, being equal, setting aside hate. So, thank you Debbie Green, wherever you may be now, for a little reminder, especially in these trying days.

“A Poem of Brotherhood”

Human Rights- Debbie Green 6-5

When thinking of human rights,

A phase oft comes to me,

“All men are created equal”

And should be equally free.

Most of us have been made to realize

Just what human rights are,

If only the world would awaken

We might go much further than far.

Someday this whole world may unite,

Unite as never before.

With every land, we’ll clasp a hand

To signify freedom galore.

Someday I’ll glance over my shoulder

And display a widening grin.

For I’ll notice that all are ignoring

The difference in race, creed and skin.

Well, I’m thinking of human rights,

And that phrase is coming to me

“All men are created equal”

But what ever will be, will be.

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I am still processing what happened in Boston. As a runner, a spectator, a friend, a mother, a spouse… it just hit a little too close to home. There are no words to adequately describe the feelings of shock, anger, sadness, fear, anxiety, compassion and bewilderment. As my youngest put so innocently “Why would anyone do something like this?”. That is exactly the question that we can’t answer.

I am trying to focus on the amazing stories of human strength and courage. The hundreds of people who helped, the first responders, the outpouring of support from across the country and world. The fact that although there is darkness in this world, it will always be overcome by the light. It is in this thought that I find peace and comfort.

So, along those lines, my pics for Wordless Wednesday this week are moments over the past few days that are just little bursts of joy and happiness. I hope they make you smile and brighten your day. My thoughts and prayers go out to all those in Boston and beyond. Sending hugs, strength, courage and love to you all.
















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