AUG. 11, 2019: One of my dear friends is dying from the complications of ALS. I can’t help her but in her honor, maybe I can brighten someone else’s day. These are my goals.
AUG. 12, 2019: Mend a quarrel. Search out a friend I haven’t talked to for a while.
AUG. 13, 2019: Keep a promise made but nearly forgotten. Find the time, instead of complaining about being too busy.
AUG. 14, 2019: Dismiss suspicion and replace it with trust. Give the other person the benefit of the doubt. Apologize if wrong.
AUG, 15, 2019: Appreciate. Be kind. Be gentle. Do something to make a child smile.
AUG. 16, 2019: Appreciate the beauty of the earth. Breathe the flower-laden air. Enjoy the sun soaking into weary shoulders.
AUG. 17, 2019: Share treasure with someone less fortunate without expecting thanks.
AUG. 18, 2019: Tell someone you love them.
AUG. 19, 2019: My friend died today of ALS, a disease which robs the victim of voice, mobility, independence but not soul or heart. She fought till she couldn’t fight anymore.
AUG. 20, 2019: On August 20, 1940, my parents eloped. She was 17. He was 27. They hid it from both sets of parents for months. When Mom died, I found some of the love letters they wrote during that time.
SHARON CANFIELD DORSEY is an award-winning poet and author of four children’s books, Herman the Hermit Crab and the Mystery of the Big, Black, Shiny Thing; Revolt of the Teacups;Buddy and Ballerina Save the Library; Buddy the Bookworm Rescues the Doomed Books; a memoir, Daughter of the Mountains; and two books of poetry, Tapestry and Captured Moments.