A Lot of Tenderness

Despite what appears in the daily news, tenderness is unfurling itself upon the landscape. On my answering machine is a sweet message that I have saved since Thanksgiving, 2010. The message goes something like this. “Hi Gwamah…” It’s the soft drawl of Elias, my then two and a-half-year-old grandson. “Hi Grandma,” repeats Elizabeth, my daughter, in her beautiful, clear voice. “We hope you’ve had a very happy Thanksgiving. We miss you.”...

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