Dear Friends and Family,
A passing of time, so fast we can barely see it - two years. Mary Oliver asks, "what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?"
I am seizing the day, each day, as best I can, full of gratitude. I am grateful that with the support of the UVA Breast Cancer program, I had the support I needed to be here, two years out, cancer-free. I am grateful that Blaise and I are both cancer-free, and we are not taking it for granted, this one precious life. And we continue to be grateful to our friends and family for your support, which shows itself in many ways.
I so hope that anyone in your life who has been touched by cancer is seizing the day, and that their journey inspires you to seize this beautiful day.
Please make a donation, of any amount, to help women - and men! - served by UVA's Emily Couric Cancer Center. Blaise and I know from our own experience, that the money is well used.
with love, and thanks,
The Summer Day
Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don't know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?