It has been a long and difficult week for many people. My news feed for the past week has been full of difficult topics–stuff that we don’t often want to talk about. Mental illness, suicide, race relations, violence. A lot of people seem to be feeling raw and angry over these things. I don’t blame them. Parts of me are raw and angry too.
This week I read The Secret Hum of a Daisy by Tracy Holczer. It is a middle grade novel about a girl who is in her own difficult spot. After years of living a here-and-there life with her mother, Grace is grieving her mother’s loss and trying to figure out where she belongs now. It is a lovely story about grief and identity that made me tear up several times. Mostly I felt like the novel was about hope.
Whenever Grace had to start at a new school after yet another move, her mother would tell her, “You can do this. You are brave, and you are loved.” I want to repeat those words to so many people right now.
You are brave.
You are loved.
I can’t change the world with those words, but perhaps if we keep talking and keep changing our own small worlds, things will get better.