Since I am so depressed about the US Government shutdown and outraged at the stubbornness and selfishness of our elected leaders, I am trying to think of other things that make me happy or that reassure me that things are going to be OK. Here are four of them:

  • Yesterday we saw a very sweet movie: Enough Said stars Julia-Louis Dreyfus as a divorced massage therapist in LA whose daughter is about to go off to college. She gets involved with another divorcee, sensitively played by James Gandolfini (his last role before he died of a heart attack), who also happens to have a daughter leaving for college. Watching the two of them dare to trust each other and open their hearts to one another was life affirming, tender, and funny. 
  • Last night a friend brought me an absolutely delicious, homemade quinoa salad with mango and peanuts, just because he and his wife thought I could use it. I felt healthier and more uplifted with every bite.
  • My son turns 25 at the end of the week. What a remarkable gift this quarter of a century has been: the grace and challenge of becoming a parent, of partnering with my husband the best way we knew how to help shape this beautiful boy, and to enjoy the man he is becoming now that this frontal lobe is fully developed!
  • Today I walked by the patch of dirt in the churchyard where a week ago we placed the ashes of someone who had died. I smiled as I thought of Glen, his quirky personality. As sad as his death was, the memorial was a joyous celebration of his life for his family and friends. The Episcopal burial service is intended to be an Easter liturgy. In the service we say the words, “Even at the grave we make our song, ‘Alleluia, Alleluia, Alleluia!’” Even in the middle of the darkness of death, we get the resurrection of Jesus Christ, the possibility of new life and hope that cannot be held back.

And so I say to you, members of Congress: I am waiting for the Alleluias.