"Strangers are just family you have yet to come to know."
Mitch Albom, author of "The Five People You Meet in Heaven."
Good Mourning Widows!
Today I offer Joy to you and me. Joy Cowley.
I met Cowley one year ago. It was at a Highlights for Children writing workshop in Honesdale, PA. Joy led the workshop. Immediately, I was impressed at her zest -- and joy -- for life.
I was grieving deeply at the time over the death of my husband, Edward Louis Sclier. I struggled to maintain focus on my writing.
With her warm smile, Joy Cowley welcomed me. She accepted me. And she made me feel at home. After a time, I learned Joy was a widow, too.
I wondered, how did this woman do it? Imagine, she smiled and laughed. Again.
I wanted desperately to be alone with Joy and learn her secret.
Joy said, "Give yourself time. You can't hurry grief."
Today, after we remember Him, let's make time. I mean, what's the hurry?
Then pick up a pen. And write something.
Write about strangers you've met; strangers you've yet to meet. Strangers that have become your friends.
Write about time, hurry, and grief.
Go ahead. I dare you.
Q: What has 4 legs and flies? (Hint: It's not a dead horse.)
A: 2 pairs of pants.
Have a joyful day. And remember, we're not alone.