Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Writing on the Wall

The note was written on lined paper torn from a Hilroy notebook, and it was taped to the inside wall of a cubicle in the women's bathroom of a Canadian university several days ago - a spontaneous and compassionate response by its author to the anguish she was reading about on that selfsame wall.  It touched me, and I had to share it.

The Full Text

To the girl who was raped: You are so strong. I cannot fathom the pain you must have gone through. The fact that you have the bravery to write it (even on a bathroom wall) gives me hope.

To the girl with eating disorders: I promise you, although I don’t know you, you are beautiful, you deserve your health. You deserve freedom from that hell.

To the girl with the alcoholic father: I am so sorry for the agony it must cause. Again, such courage is remarkable.  You must be such a strong person to see such pain.

To the girl whose father died: Missing them never goes away. The ache of their absence never goes away. but the love they had, the memories you share surely must last. I am sure, out of the bottom of my heart, the people who have left you in this world are exceptionally proud of the person you are.

Everytime (sic) I see these walls, these confessions, I feel so blessed to know I have the privledge (sic) of seeing them. Your moments, these secrets, are all precious even though they are sad. To all of you (including those I did not mention, and those who have not yet written)

-You are worthy.
-You are strong.
-You are brave.
-You are loved.
-Somebody cares.


Laura~Pretty Pix said...

Tears ran down my cheeks as I read.
Thank you for sharing this.
I am on that list.

Anonymous said...

Wow that is potent! Blessing bestowed in humble ways such as this are the most powerful ones of all. Thank you for sharing this with all your readers.

Tabor said...

We all need to hear these words every so often.

Lynn said...

Poignant . . .

Debbie said...

Such a tender, touching way to reach out . . . a true random act of kindness.

Thank you for sharing this and blessing even more hearts.

Love you, Cate,

Cindy said...

All it takes is just a moment in your day to reach out to someone. Just a moment, that's all. We need to be each other's angel.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I am so touched that she took the time and trouble and care and love with that note. And thank you for sharing it.

Peaceful/Paisible said...

I can't really find words...great words...