This week has been especially rough on the gang. This Saturday is Julie’s birthday and she is no longer here. Sherri (Julie’s sister) is about to have a baby and that is a special moment you want to share with your sister. So many things are converging this week that make us think about Julie. We have all been emailing, laughing, and crying. Irma came across this poem by Ralph Waldo Emerson and realized it really represents Julie. I thought I would share.
To Laugh Much And Often;
To Win the Respect Of Intelligent People
And The Affection Of Little Children;
To Earn The Appreciation Of Honest Critics
And Endure the Betrayal Of False Friends;
To Appreciate Beauty, To Find The Best In Others;
To Leave The World A Bit Better,
Whether By a Healthy Child, A Garden Patch
Or a Redeemed Social Condition;
To Know Even One Life Has Breathed Easier
Because You Lived.
This is to Have Succeeded.
May we all be lucky enough to have this poem represent our life.
P.S. I was left speechless at the idea of Irma reading Ralph Waldo Emerson. Irma was this some poem framed on the wall of your nail salon?