The Courage to Say “Hello”

courage to say helloI stood in the produce section of my local grocery store, my hands comparing the weights of cantaloupes.

Heavy enough, I thought.

I sniffed its stem, searching for that sweet spot, while my palms rubbed over its rough netted surface. My breath froze when I glanced up across the piles of lemons and avocados to see her handling the tomatoes.

I stared at the cantaloupe. I hoped she hadn’t noticed that I noticed her.

I didn’t know what to say.

She lost her teen-aged daughter in a horrific car crash several weeks earlier – five teens died on their way to school.

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6 Comments

  • a
    2 years ago

    this was so helpful to me. As I have suffered tremendous loss. sometimes it helps just to know you are not alone.

    • Sharon A Gibbs
      2 years ago

      asimpson, It hurts during those times when we feel alone. Truth is, we are never alone. Please remember this.

  • Kathy
    2 years ago

    Thank you for sharing. I have been struggling as someone’s father has been arrested for murder. While praying for the family I also have been torn with what to do, now I know that I can reach out to say ‘hello’.

    • Sharon A Gibbs
      2 years ago

      Kathy, Yes, something so simple means so much! Thank you Kathy.

  • Melanie
    2 years ago

    Dear Sharon. I’d love to follow the daily posts. Thanks. M.

    • Sharon A Gibbs
      2 years ago

      Hi Melanie, just getting started here, so I post about once a week now. Hoping to do more in the very near future. Thanks for reading my post. Blessings to you!

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