Blessing the Boats, plus the GRAND Social

Like much of the country, I'm still at a loss for meaningful words regarding the unimaginable, horrific events of Friday. We all deal with crisis in different ways but I personally hope to come up with words that focus on love, compassion, comfort, and hope versus the, yes, immensely important, yet so very polarizing matters that ignited heated conversations—some sadly vitriolic, others downright idiotic finger-pointing diatribes—immediately upon news of the tragedy.

I've not yet come up with such words.

I did, though, come across the following poem and found a small degree of comfort in the words of the poet, so I wanted to share them here.

Blessing the Boats by Lucille Clifton

may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

With holiday prep in its final days plus all else that's going on, I sincerely appreciate you joining me for the GRAND Social. One note before today's link party: As next Monday is Christmas Eve, there will not be a GRAND Social next week but will return December 31.

How it works:

  • All grandparent bloggers are invited to add a link. You don't have to blog specifically about grandparenting, but you must be a grandparent who blogs.
  • Posts shared can be an old one or a recent one, your choice. I like to link up to older posts that current readers likely haven't seen.
  • To link up, copy the direct link to the specific post you want to share, not the link to your blog's home page. Then click the blue "Click here to enter" text below and follow the directions to add your post to the list.
  • You can add up to three posts, but no duplicates, please, and none you have promoted on a previous GRAND Social linky.
  • No contests, giveaways, or Etsy sites.
  • Adding a mention at the bottom of your linked posts, such as This post has been linked to the GRAND Social linky, is appreciated. Or, you can post the GRAND Social button using the following code:


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  • The GRAND Social linky is open for new posts through Wednesday evening, so please come back to see those added after your first visit.
  • If you're not a blogger, you have the pleasure of being a reader. All bloggers who link up would be honored to have you click, visit, read and comment.

READERS and PARTICIPATING BLOGGERS: Please visit the posts others have linked to by clicking on the thumbnail photos. Comments are always appreciated by the bloggers whose links you visit, even if it's simply "Hey, stopping by from GRAND Social."

Thank you for participating in the GRAND Social grandparent linky!