Got Grace?

Have you seen Grace?

grace-def-1She’s the gal that spent her days roaming around within the majority of people for decades. Yes, it’s true.

You could find her on the street, the supermarket, and in fact, running free in most public spaces. I know, right?

So where did she go? One day did she decide to say “fuck it I’m outta here!” due to the overwhelming ignorance surrounding her kind soul or did she silently grab her box of kind words, gestures, and courteous goodwill and slowly walk off to the ends of the earth? Inquiring minds need to know.

In her youth, Grace was on her game spreading her attractively polite manner of behaving across the land. She was one of the popular girls.

That’s right she was regularly mingling in our daily lives lending a hand or two when needed. Providing words of wisdom, a tissue, a seat or a shoulder without her motives being in question.

Now it seems as if Grace only makes special appearances, sweeping in to give a kiss on the cheek, warm a heart, or soothe a soul before leaving Dodge. Today, Grace is a minority. I’ll just assume she’s on that dreaded travel ban list because of her good nature. 

Yep, that’s right she’s been overpowered by the likes of Fear, and we all know Fear is too much of a kitty kat to travel alone, so he rallies his buddies suspicion and mistrust along for extra muscle.

Fear is doing his best to run the show we call everyday life. (yes, fear is a man because men have more power, and I said so) He is out slithering around insisting that we now question Grace and her posse of possibilities, kindness, and dare I say compassion.

Human kindness has never weakened the stamina or softened the fiber of a free people. Franklin D. Roosevelt

This change didn’t happen overnight, oh no, it’s been going on for some time now, but it’s evident that it has recently escalated. Hmm, I wonder why?

Grace needs us more than ever now that fear has gotten his cloven hooves on the internet to spread at the speed of lightning. She needs us on the ground to defend her motives. To ensure that her kindness is trusted, and to regain the best that humanity has to offer. We need more than a glimmer of our girl. 

So, if Grace happens to cross your path, embrace her offerings with open arms. Encourage her to stay for a while. Let her know how much we need her in our lives by spreading her around like glitter while you… Enjoy the Ride!

 

13 responses

  1. First off, I LOVE THIS…grace has become…alas…a minority. I get kicked in the head so often because of her…she lives with me part-time as you know, and yet I’m determined, like you, to not ask her to leave. Just now, the 22 year-old paperboy is downstairs in tears because he knew this young girl on the front page of the paper he’s selling who was murdered in the Bronx. No one paid any attention to his tears…they grabbed their Post, handed over their buck all en route to the train. Grace, who happened to come out at the same time as me, threw her arms around him with no hesitation. The poor kid.

    So Top, I was thinking, how bout she spends half her time in both our places. Whaddaya say? I LOVE THIS PIECE…TRULY.

    1. Thank goodness Grace is a good traveler and that she still has access to the regional rails. My heart is breaks for that young man. It’s difficult for young people to experience the death of a peer. In their world death is for the old. Thank GOD Grace was still in the building!

      1. Unlike Elvis, she hadn’t left yet…love the essay. Sang to me like an aria.

  2. Remarkable piece! Sadly, too many of us didn’t even realize she was missing. I confess, I knew something was wrong and couldn’t put my finger on it until I read this. Of course! Grace is gone. It’s definitely been longer than 48 hours, we should be able to file a report by now. Thank goodness, Susannah caught a glimpse of her so we know she is still alive. Her tale of the paper boy broke my heart.

    1. You are right, most people have no clue she’s gone or on limited duty.

  3. We need to put her on milk cartons and tie yellow ribbons on trees. She is much needed now.

  4. I have that kind of grace, but the kind that smoothly navigates space in time was a gift I wasn’t given. Ha! It’s become a joke in our family. Everywhere we went in Europe last summer, I found Grace in the form of paintings or sculptures to remind me. At least I didn’t physically run into them. If I did, I would have said, “Excuse me!”

    1. I know exactly what you mean. Some people are just more in tune than others. It’s a joke around here too! My kids know if they are in public with me the chances of assisting Grace to help a stranger are high. (They take bets)

  5. Grace is here, but she’s invisible to many. I shove her out in front of everyone. SHE NEEDS TO BE SEEN AND BELIEVED IN. Cheers for GRACE. May we keep her in our lives, and our presence, forever. xo

  6. Wow, beautifully and poetically put. Thanks for this.

    1. Thank you for your kind words!

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