Birthdays are supposed to be happy days
… times of celebration and memories that bring a smile to the face.
But not always.

This year’s birthday brought me echoes of words
spoken that day last year by my husband’s doctor:
… “esophageal cancer …  it has spread … Hans, you have about six months.”

The doctor was wrong.
And four days after those words were spoken
… not six months
Hans died.

Not surprisingly,
I wasn’t looking forward to my birthday this year
and didn’t spend time on the internet that day.

But when I finally did
unexpected and kind birthday greetings
brought light into the darkness
each image and comment
touching my heart in ways I cannot express.

Then a prayer emerged
… a prayer of hope that kind words would be
written, spoken and echo throughout our world
among family, friends, strangers and from politicians and social media.

Thank you, dear friends / dear Soulistry subscribers
for being conduits of kindness
which have echoed deep in my soul.

May words of kindness
echo throughout our world.

Photos and Text © June Maffin
<The photo of the apple blossom was taken when apple blossoms on our tree were plentiful. Sadly, that’s not the situation this year.  But hopefully, it will be – next year.  🙂 >


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