Lights in the Dark ……

…… can light up anyone’s face.

Last night I went to Brooklyn with several women from the Manhattan Women’s Club (remember, not as fancy/snobby as it sounds, I promise). We went to look at Christmas lights in Dyker Heights. Don’t worry, I’d never heard of it either, but wow! Check it out here.

Here are some pictures:





















One of the neat things about all of those lights, aside from the fact that I don’t have to pay those electric bills, is the look on people’s faces when they see each house. It’s like you can’t help but smile when you see the decorations and all of those lights.

Light dispels darkness in more ways than one.

And light comes in more ways than one.

Today my Facebook page has been a huge light on what could be a dark day.
So has my cell phone.
The comments and texts today have been so full of love and support that I’ve been speechless, which of course is no easy feat.

I hadn’t expected so many people to post on my page.
I hadn’t expected all of the loving and kind words.
I hadn’t expected so much light.

Seven years.
Seven sometimes-very-slow-years.
Seven sometimes-faster-than-the-speed-of-light-years.
Or so it seems.

Seven years that I never want to re-live.

I’m thankful to be on this side of that valley.
The voyage out wasn’t pretty …… to put it mildly.
It was bloody, and messy and ugly.
It was horrible.
And it took a long time.
But it’s good to be out.

That doesn’t mean I don’t have my moments.
I’ll always have moments.
And I’m ok with that.
Because moments are sure better than that valley.

So to all of you who gave me light today …… thank you. From the bottom of my heart …… thank you.
You helped make this day the easiest one yet.
I love you.
Each one of you.
More than I can say.

Thank you for filling my day with light.
And thank you for filling my heart with love.

13 thoughts on “Lights in the Dark ……

  1. Sarah

    May you continue to experience the light during this holiday season. Hope you have many memories and laughs with your loving family. God’s blessings.

  2. Maria Oliver

    I like to think of your Manhatten Women’s Club as being fancy, fancy. You have given me hope and light. May you and your family have peace, love, and joy.
    My favorite of the lights is the Mr. and Mrs. Snowman. They are so cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Maria O.

    1. mysecondplana Post author

      Lol, Maria! We have yet to be fancy, let alone fancy, fancy!! 🙂
      Thank you for your kind words. I hope that you also have peace, love and joy.
      Oh, and the Mr. and Mrs. Snowman …… their heads moved so that they looked at each other. They were one of my favorites, too!

  3. oakhoopscoach

    beautiful my friend – just like you. You get so much light because you give so much to others. You were the first to show me that I might actually “make it” and not just drown in my grief (and that was through your blog, long before meeting you at camp!). I hope you continue to have much light and love through your holidays. Love you. Very much. Forever grateful for the hope you gave, and continue to give, to me.

  4. Marcia McCoy

    I am one of your lurkers who has only posted a few times but felt the need to thank you again for your openness in sharing your very difficult road you have been on for the last seven years. My very best friend buried her husband on Tues. and unfortunately for both of you I have gained insight through reading your blog on things to say and do (and not do). Thank you again for allowing me to humbly follow your life. Blessings in this holiday season.

    1. mysecondplana Post author

      Thank you, Marcia. I’m so sorry to learn that your best friend is now on this road. But I’m grateful that you’re there for her and can use what I’ve written to help. If there’s anything that I can do …. send her an email, call her, let her know about SS …. whatever it is, please let me know.
      Thank you for following …… and thank you so much for commenting.

  5. beverly

    I enjoyed viewing the lights from your photos…….they are spectacular! Peace be with you and your family….and Merry Christmas.


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