Saturday, June 19, 2010

Sorry Eleanor Roosevelt, but I disagree

PhotobucketEleanor Roosevelt said, "It takes courage to love..."  Sorry Eleanor, but I disagree. I think it’s easy to love.

There was a time in my life when I loved him and he loved another. Lying alone on the cold tile of our bathroom floor I wished I didn’t love. I wondered what was wrong with me. I wished I was her and I prayed for courage.

Many years later I can see clearly now: It’s easy to love. It takes courage to stop loving.

As a young mom I held my babies close. I memorized every freckle on their little noses. I knew the origin of each bruise and scrape. It’s 10 o’clock and I’m picking up my teens from the movie theatre. Cell phones and bras replace the pacifiers and diapers. I bite a nail for each minute I wait to see them safely enter my car. Tonight, when they’re fast asleep, I’ll hold them tight again.

Everyday my children teach me: It’s easy to love. It takes courage to let go.

I kept a journal of poems all through my life. Every now and then I would read a few to someone special, someone safe. Blogging has opened me up to an audience of passionate, intelligent, funny and sometimes crazy women. I read your blogs and I’m in love. I envy the freedom you have with your words. How can I be that funny or poetic? I hit the “publish” button and cringe. I read my post a dozen times and it never sounds good enough.

Blogging forces me to remember: It’s easy to love. It takes courage to let others love you.

This was my first guest post on: The Scoop on Poop


  1. Loved your post! My youngest son is living with us for a while, having lost his job when the company went bankrupt. It's hard to remember sometimes that he is an adult, and not that sweet, cute little boy with scabs on both knees.

  2. Thanks for sharing and hanging out at my place today!! It really is a beautiful post.

  3. I agree with you. I think some people's reservations with love is that when it happens, it just comes so easily, and I think that scares people a little. So I definitely agree with you.

  4. Sometimes easy, sometimes hard. Always worth it.

    I just wanted to let you know I have an award waiting for you at my blog. Enjoy! ^_^