“Ask someone much older than you to tell a story of their childhood…” —Derek Campbell
Thanks Derek for this inspiration!! History is so fascinating, and I love learning about it. When I think about Derek it puts a smile on my face! We went to WSU together freshman year…and lived at the dorms together…what delightful memories!! :) So much love Derek!!
I had the wonderful opportunity to go with my cousin to visit her parents/my great aunt and uncle this weekend. As I said in my last post, I haven’t seen them in years! There was a lot of really brilliant stories that were told…but one point my Uncle Maynard made really stuck with me…especially on a day like today…when a senseless act of hate affects a city like Boston. He told me that he really regrets that he didn’t show my Grandma Ruth (his sister) more love, and appreciation while she was alive. He said that it was just the times, and that their entire family didn’t show much affection. Hearing that he really wishes he’d just hugged her really touched my heart. It was so honest. Then, today to see that an event meant to celebrate success and life is used as a tool to create violence…just really made me think. We cannot change other people…we can’t make them think things…we can’t stop bad things from happening to good people…all we have any power over is ourselves…WE choose how to treat other people…WE choose to love…WE choose to show it…WE choose to look for the incredible good that is out there. For every teeny, tiny bad guy…there are thousands of fantastic, loving, helpful people! We are all here for such a beautiful purpose. Please, everyday tell the people you love just how much you do. Be kind to those around you…you never know what they’re going through….or if you’ll ever see them again. Make every moment count! Thanks Derek, and Uncle Maynard for inspiring me today!!!