Saved By Emily Dickinson


As many of you know, Dom and I have taken on the task for now of raising our 11 month old granddaughter.  Since Dom and I both collect Medicare, you can imagine how daunting this task is everyday.

I ran into a friend the other day who asked me how things were going.  I replied that I was really feeling tired (I am nursing some kind of chest infection), but things were going much better than expected.

Sometimes people really don’t know what to say to you.  She replied that anything worthwhile doesn’t come easy.

I got into my car and thought about that.  I decided to have my own private pity party and vented to myself that it sure seems like some people can use the words worthwhile and easy in the same sentence.

I soon got over my harumph because I am totally committed to giving this beautiful little soul a good start in life.

This morning I read this quote from Emily Dickinson:

Luck is not chance-

It’s toil-

Fortune’s expensive smile

is earned.

Thanks Emily for the gentle reminder.

Hope you have a harumphless week,


About Bernadette

I live in the small town of Haddonfield, NJ. I am at an age in my life when I seem to spend time thinking and musing about life. These musings are usually stimulated by my walks through Haddonfield, my reading of books and fellow bloggers, and my interaction with my group of fabulous family and friends.

3 Responses

  1. As the parent of a special needs child, I’ve heard them all..The one that gets my goat the most is “God only gives you what you can handle” and the many versions of the same sentiment. Gets my Harumph going every time. What I wish people would say to me and what I will say to you now: “you are brave, you are strong, you have lots of love to give, but that doesn’t mean you’ll feel like you have all of them all the time in your heart, so I am here for you to tell me when you’re scared, when you’re tired and full of self pity, and you feel like all your love has walked out the door – because there will be days like that my friend, sometimes for weeks on end, and yet, it really is all good.”



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