My Childhood Home I See Again

Abraham LincolnMy Childhood Home I See Again

by Abraham Lincoln

My childhood home I see again, 
    And sadden with the view; 
And still, as memory crowds my brain, 
    There's pleasure in it too.

O Memory! thou midway world 
    'Twixt earth and paradise, 
Where things decayed and loved ones lost 
    In dreamy shadows rise,

And, freed from all that's earthly vile, 
    Seem hallowed, pure, and bright, 
Like scenes in some enchanted isle 
    All bathed in liquid light.

As dusky mountains please the eye 
    When twilight chases day; 
As bugle-notes that, passing by, 
    In distance die away;

As leaving some grand waterfall, 
    We, lingering, list its roar— 
So memory will hallow all 
    We've known, but know no more.

Near twenty years have passed away 
    Since here I bid farewell 
To woods and fields, and scenes of play, 
    And playmates loved so well.

Where many were, but few remain 
    Of old familiar things; 
But seeing them, to mind again 
    The lost and absent brings.

The friends I left that parting day, 
    How changed, as time has sped! 
Young childhood grown, strong manhood gray, 
    And half of all are dead.

I hear the loved survivors tell 
    How nought from death could save, 
Till every sound appears a knell, 
    And every spot a grave.

I range the fields with pensive tread, 
    And pace the hollow rooms, 
And feel (companion of the dead) 
    I'm living in the tombs.

Source: Poem-A-Day from the Academy of American Poets.
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Words of Support

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       Recently, I was faced with a family situation that was very challenging.  Lots of times when we’re going through things, we seek family support.  Some families are very good at being supportive of one another during difficult times, and some families are not. Why is that?

       I think it is because of not knowing what to say or do when disturbing news is received.  Family may talk amongst each other about what’s going on with the family member who is facing the challenge. But, they do nothing to show support.  Maybe they feel awkward, or they may feel they should not call for whatever reason.

       For many years, I did not know how to be supportive.  I felt awkward and did not know what to say. I would be very concerned and even worried about what my sister, brother, parent, or  friend, is facing.  With time, I overcame the awkwardness.  When a friend or family member is facing challenges I call and offer words of support, and encouragement.

       We need to let our loved ones know that we are there for them to talk to.  Maybe they just need us to listen to what they have to say.  Give advice, if it is sought.  Give a hug and be non-judgmental. Let your loved one know they are not alone in what they are facing.  Sometimes we only need to say,

I love you and I am here for you.”

Love, light and blessings

Vee