Wednesday, February 28, 2007

For M.

My friend's husband ended his own life earlier this month. It would be simple for someone to lose themselves in the 'why' of that statement, but I don't want to. And not only because it's a question that can't ever be answered, but because there are things so much more important—right now, in this moment—to wonder about. I wonder, for example, how my friend managed to stand up in front of a packed church today and convince every one of us that she and her three young children are blessed. I wonder where strength comes from when it doesn't seem possible that there's any more in reserve. I wonder where that strength will take her in the days and months ahead. But mostly I am sitting here full of wonder. At my extraordinary friend.

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