menopausebarbees
... the tales of two sisters

Dana lives in Seattle, and Tracie lives in Germany. We are businesswomen, writers and humorists. We write about life, dating, and today's modern women.

Hope Spring Eternal

I woke up this morning feeling grateful.

First and foremost for family, which includes my baby sister, co-blogger, and partner in crime, Dana, who makes me laugh until I cry. Laughter is a wonderful thing. I am grateful she can’t help herself.

For health. My son’s health, mine, and that of my family and friends. How I pray for those that have been brought to their knees by the scourge of Covid-19. I pray for them and that a cure is found every single day–sometimes out loud. When I talk to myself out loud, I chuckle, thinking about Mama. “It’s okay,” she says, “as long as you don’t answer yourself.” That’s hilarious, but I think she’s serious. I’m grateful for her.

And I’m really grateful this morning for having affected so many people with my book. I never in a hundred years would ever have anticipated the response that I would receive. It moves me down to my very soul when a mother reaches out and says that my story is helping her deal with her own battle with her child’s life; that it gives her hope. We stay in contact, and it crushes me when the light of hope grows dim when things don’t turn out the way we’d hoped for. I am defeated because there is no consolation that I can come up with that will allay her pain. But–at least we had hope, we didn’t give up and that is better than nothing. These are amazing women and if you are reading this post, you know who you are and that I will forever hold you in my heart.

It is my intention to help and support as many people as I can. I feel it is my responsibility because, at one time or another in our lives, we all need to believe in and have hope for what is deemed impossible. To that end, I have updated my book cover. I am extremely proud that 2 Ivy league universities have welcomed my book into their libraries; that the book won 7 awards and that the picture of Marc and me today not only will give hope, but it also shows that our kids can actually be older than we are. 

As Alexander Pope said in his An Essay on Man, “hope springs eternal’. What I know for sure is that we can’t live without it–come what may. I am grateful because I will continue spreading the word. 

I hope you all have a really good day.