Monday, October 18, 2010

Unexpected Words of Wisdom

I may not like her family and their politics and this makes me wish she had done something to further the cause while she was in spotlight, but credit where credit is due, she nailed this one:

The English language lacks the words to mourn an absence. For the loss of a parent, grandparent, spouse, child or friend, we have all manner of words and phrases, some helpful some not. Still we are conditioned to say something, even if it is only “I’m sorry for your loss.”

But for an absence, for someone who was never there at all, we are wordless to capture that particular emptiness. For those who deeply want children and are denied them, those missing babies hover like silent ephemeral shadows over their lives.

-from Spoken from the Heart by Laura Bush


  1. Wow - yes, she did. Thanks for sharing...don't think I ever would have read that quote had you not shared it here.

  2. Can you share where you found it? I agree that I don't like her husband's politics, but I've suspected that she is doesn't always agree with her husband.

  3. Very astute observation. And I like to think she just married badly. ;)

  4. I agree with your italicised comment and I so agree with her words. Perhaps with time people will begin to realize how important that absence is in those who feel it.

  5. Wow. So true - and now I'd like to read on and see what gave her this insight...