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My friend Beth writes one of the most eclectic and entertaining blogs I know. From her sharp-edged quotes to her absolutely awwww-inspiring tales of her kindergarten class, her life becomes free verse, centered.

I asked her to join me as a guest blogger for my themed Vacations and Holidays posts while I’m away this month, and she sent me a wonderful piece on the journey to that most human of emotions—compassion. On the playground, as in life, some take that journey early and effortlessly. Others grow to adulthood, live their whole lives, and even engage in presidential debates without ever making that journey.

I hope you enjoy Beth’s unique perspective on life as much as I do. You can find more at her blog, https://ididnthavemyglasseson.com


compassion.

IMG_1031two kinders

build on the playground.

after spending some time

creating their wood masterpiece

a third kinder arrives

to ask what they’ve built.

it’s a car to ride in.

can i ride too? she asks.

one builder says

no, it will only fit one person at a time

and we’re already

taking turns being in it.

the other builder listens

sees the third’s face

walks over to the wood

quickly moves a few pieces

and says

look, my car has two seats.

will you sit here and ride with me?

i am in awe of her.

compassion

brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves.

mason

cooley


About Beth


Hello, I am the mother of grown daughters, with grandchildren galore, an enthusiastic partner, a lover of the arts, a teacher, a cupcake maker, a Twister and Trivia champ, and most of all, a keen observer of life.  I enjoy being a part of the twists and turns that occur while wandering through everyday events. Many of these happenstances leave me asking, “Why?”  While I have been told, more than once, that the reason things have or haven’t happened in my life is because I had no glasses on, rest assured that even if I did have my glasses on, the answers would quite often be unclear. This site is simply an observation, and while blurry at times, an honest attempt to make some sense of it all. Enjoy the ride – Beth

Hello, I am the mother of grown daughters, with grandchildren galore, an enthusiastic partner, a lover of the arts, a teacher, a cupcake maker, a Twister and Trivia champ, and most of all, a keen observer of life.  I enjoy being a part of the twists and turns that occur while wandering through everyday events. Many of these happenstances leave me asking, “Why?”  While I have been told, more than once, that the reason things have or haven’t happened in my life is because I had no glasses on, rest assured that even if I did have my glasses on, the answers would quite often be unclear. This site is simply an observation, and while blurry at times, an honest attempt to make some sense of it all. Enjoy the ride – Beth

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