|They call the wind Mariah|
On Love and Grief
Yesterday’s tragic school shooting has left us all in mourning. There are no words to explain, wash away or comprehend this horrendous event.
Those who know me well know that I have suffered the loss of child; one I raised from the age of 8—she died at 18. Few have ever heard me speak about that loss; I cannot.
Even as I sit here typing I am reduced to great sorrow---it will always be painful.
Once, when I mentioned the loss of my child to another woman, she commented, “Oh Bertice, you always have something going on.”
I was stunned silent, never speaking a word in her presence again.
I have come to see that those who do not understand grief also do not comprehend love.
Leo Tolstoy once wrote that “Only people who are capable of loving strongly, can suffer great sorrow, but this same necessity of loving serves to counteract their grief and heals them.
Today and every day that follows, show love, keep sharing, keep teaching, keep shining your light, smile at every child you see and give thanks for life and love.
Be you, be well, be love.
Bertice Berry, PhD.