Chain of Hearts
Just when you think life sucks and you are feeling really sorry for yourself, something worse happens to someone close to you. The only thing to do in situations like this is to hold together as a family and stay close to the ones you love, letting them know that you are there for them. You pray, you console, you make coffee, and you do dishes. You do what you can.
Years ago, when I was a young girl, we went on a vacation over mother’s day weekend. I stopped by a nursery with my father and fell in love with this little tiny plant that had one leaf on it, shaped like a heart. I knew I had to buy it for my mother for Mother’s Day, but I didn’t have a lot of money. I took it up to the counter and asked the woman how much it was. She told me I could have it for free. She said it was not doing well at all and she didn’t think it would survive, so if I wanted it I should just take it.
15 or so years later the little plant called Chain of Hearts is thriving. My mother even clipped a baby off of it and gave it to me. That one is overflowing the container it is in, making an amazingly beautiful focal point for my kitchen window. That little tiny plant that was barely hanging on is now thriving, and I attribute that to the love my family has giving it. It is the love I had for my mother when I decided she had to have it and the love and care my mother has given it since. Love is what will heal us; we just need to let it. The best way to handle difficult situations is to give as much love as you can, and receive it in turn.