Crying Over Breakfast

14 Jul
Robert and I started our morning with coffee on our front porch enjoying the sun, we try to make this our weekly Saturday ritual. We decided to walk to Multnomah Village to the new bagel shop for breakfast. While on our walk we were unpacking the stress of living under the insanity of the Trump administration; most recently his attack on NATO, England and Prime Minister Theresa May, his attack on Germany, and his over the top boorish behavior with Queen Elizabeth. As we were eating our breakfast outside we overheard two conversations. The first conversation was a family with two small boys and the father was saying to his son: “I think it would be a good idea to give part of your birthday money to an organization that needs some help–you can pick what organization you want to help out.”
The second conversation we overheard was with a mother and her daughter and son. Daughter: “Mamma, I feel guilty for using a straw, but I like using the straw.” Mother: “I think it would be a good idea if I start to pack reusable and washable straws so that you can have your straw and we don’t hurt the environment.”
Yes, this made Robert and me cry in public. In a time of such intense darkness and fear mongering and climate change denial all from 45, these two conversations we overheard were such a lovely and amazing gift and made us cry tears of joy and hope! Feeling hopeful and grateful today!
My hope is that all of you who read this have the chance to experience some hope today and to be in a place of gratitude.

20 Responses to “Crying Over Breakfast”

  1. Goldie July 14, 2018 at 2:19 pm #

    Thank you for this, Michael. I needed a bit of hope today.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 14, 2018 at 8:23 pm #

      Goldie, I’m so glad this was able to provide a spot of hope! In solidarity and with love, Michael.

  2. Brian Arbenz July 14, 2018 at 3:01 pm #

    You heard the voice of the people this morning! The Electoral College in 2016 was no such voice.

  3. rhinophile July 14, 2018 at 3:22 pm #

    Thank you for sharing this little story that shines a light of hope in a world that can sometimes seem too dark. I have also seen children teaching their parents about such things. It is heartening.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 14, 2018 at 8:26 pm #

      Yes, and I think we all of us need some hope to cling to right now! In solidarity and with love, Michael.

  4. Dr. Rex July 14, 2018 at 10:23 pm #

    Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    Beautiful experience … remember and treasure it! They aren’t that commonplace anymore!!

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 15, 2018 at 6:23 am #

      Horty, thank you for reblogging this! I only hope it was able to provide you a ray of hope during these very dark times. I am also so very grateful that I get to be in community with you during these times! In solidarity and with love, Michael.

  5. larrypaulbrown July 15, 2018 at 7:27 am #

    The good people of the USA far outnumber those who stole our election in 2016. A humanitarian giant has awakened and will ROAR in November of 2018. Thanks for sharing your experience.

  6. Bruce Kestelman July 15, 2018 at 11:08 am #

    No one mentioned that you and Robert got out to breakfast together. Certainly a sign of hope for your recovery and the support a positive partner can provide. Hope too for our future. Many thanks for sharing Michael. It’s a good thing to be able to pause and see what is right.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 15, 2018 at 11:29 am #

      Bruce, yes, there is a great deal to be grateful, not the least of which is my husband. I’m also grateful to be in community with you and others who are working so hard to make the world a better place for all. In solidarity and with love, Michael.

  7. evelyneholingue July 15, 2018 at 2:49 pm #

    The smallest things matter so much, especially when we feel down. Love these short conversations. Peace to you and everyone on this blog.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 15, 2018 at 5:31 pm #

      Yes, I am hoping we all of us are finding hope and some modicum of joy each day. In solidarity and with love, Michael.

  8. bevanyardleigh July 16, 2018 at 9:15 am #

    What a sweet story. Thank you for shining some light of hope into the dark days.

    • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 16, 2018 at 9:25 am #

      Hi Bevan, I’m glad this was able to bring some light, especially today as 45 truly reveals he is a traitor to the US. In solidarity and with love, Michael.

      • Arturo Rizzo July 17, 2018 at 7:13 am #

        You are impossible to reach.. I will try here.. my email is I emailed you 3 x , Tweeted and😕. Art

      • Michael Hulshof-Schmidt July 17, 2018 at 7:20 am #

        Art, oh my goodness! I’m just so glad you are okay. I will email you right now, as I never received any emails from you and I don’t know how to use the Tweet. Love, Michael.

  9. Michelle Youngblood July 17, 2018 at 7:40 am #

    Lovely! As we well know, such signs of humanity cannot be taken for granted. #spreadkindness

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