I am ecstatic to introduce to you the first recipient of the Mike Saucier Memorial Scholarship, created in honor of my husband, whom cancer stole from us, but who lives in us.
Ariella has been spending the fall semester studying in Florence, Italy. We haven't met in person yet, though I've gotten to know her a bit through the blog posts she has written about her experience and the lessons she has learned. One such lesson is that we need to slow down. We need to give ourselves time to appreciate what's around, walk more leisurely, take our eyes off our phones and see the people and places we pass by. "There’s no shame in taking in what’s around you," she wrote. "It’s only a waste of time if you perceive if that way."
So let's all slow down a bit. Let's breathe. Yes, there's work to be done, emails to be read and replied to, appointments to be kept, kids to raise, commitments to manage. There are also friends and family to call and visit, sights to gaze at, stories to listen to, silence to honor and enjoy. Sometimes, the best living is done in the quietest of ways. Life is busy, and crazy, and competitive, and demanding, but it is also short.
I went to a park with my daughter and her friend on Sunday. The girls were playing on the swings. I was lying under a tree, hands folded over my belly, feeling it rise and fall as I took in air that smelled like burgers. Nothing happened. It was perfect.
With love and purpose,
WHY – AND HOW – I WRITE
The key to writing a good story is knowing what you don’t know and finding the right people and documents to help you learn it. You have a fundamental question that leads to a bunch of other questions that need to be answered so that your fundamental question makes sense. This is how I write.
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