This morning my girl went to school, for the last week of finals. An hour later she sent a text that the school had a bomb scare, and that she and the other kids were headed to the gym.
We turn on the news. In fact, there is a bomb scare at her school in the headlines. While I know that this kind of thing most often ends up fine, I do not want my beautiful girl huddled with frightened masses of other children, even for one minute. We watched the news, and waited for updates.
In the meantime I think, what can I do to balance out this ghastly fear that is creeping up my spine? In these situations I feel compelled to find cosmic balance, to remind myself of the people who have effects on others that are just the opposite of this terrorizing experience. I thought of one such person and wrote him a fan letter, to thank him for being on the other side of the cosmic teeter-totter, playing for the good guys. That person was Danny Gregory, who if you do not know is not just a person of great talent, but also of great generosity. Buy his books, read his blog. You will be glad you did. He is also teaching classes now, and if I was not in the middle of a huge deadline, I would head right on out to attend.
Danny wrote back, to thank me for my words. Cosmic balance, it is a heartwarming treasure.
The bomb event has been resolved. I still feel edgy, but also grateful for the people and agencies set up to protect our kids.
The picture above it an illustration I did of my nephew Ian, when he was a baby about a year old. His face was so full of curiosity. He was so calm in the world. That is what I wish for us all. Away with the bombs and their threats, welcome beauty and balance.
Have a wonderful day. Thank you for coming by. Go say hello to Danny.