“It’s so beautiful,” I said as we watched the Blue Angels making the final pass of their 2019 flight
“Mom, you think everything is beautiful,” replied my teenage daughter.
I looked over at her – sandy blonde hair – taking videos with my phone.
Practically all of Annapolis clamors to find a spot somewhere near the water to view the planes at 2 pm on the Wednesday of Commissioning Week – those 5 blissful days in May when the Academy sends off its newest batch of brilliant officers to represent our nation across the globe. I give that praise with no sarcasm whatsoever. They are – to a woman and man – among the very best and brightest our country has to offer.
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The elegance and energy of the moment will take your breath away.
And the glinting sun on the wings, the howling engines, and the cooling breeze make me wistful. In this week, more than any other in the year, I feel the passage of time.
My wedding anniversary…the near-end of another school year…the dying away of the spring flowers and the full-on growth of green shade for summer…all are happening right now in this week.
Is there a spot in your geography which makes you grateful? Where you see your days spread out before and behind you? You remember the good and the bad simultaneously? You hold the joy and the pain together as one?
The key to a full heart, I’ve found, is taking an inventory of the GOOD and raising it up high.
Even when there’s hurt. Even when there’s suffering. Even when concern is knocking on your door.
My days are not the same as they were just last year or two years ago, and I’m sure yours aren’t either. There has been success and sadness. There have been sound decisions and bad ones. And there are battles still being waged.
But in our favorite spots we are reminded that we are never independent of God’s grace. His presence – which continually blesses us despite all the ways we continually screw up – is just that – PRESENT. Always.
Every year, I stand on Hospital Point and I just feel so darn thankful to be alive. And this time, I knew why.
It’s all beautiful. All of it. Beautiful.