Sometimes there simply isn’t an answer to the question “why”?

Why was the lovely freshman coed taken in an automobile accident at the age of 19?

Why are we fortunate to have so many friends and loved ones? Or…why don’t we have many?

Why, when in his prime, did the pastor succumb to cancer? He was only 58 years old.

Why do some live to be 100+ with little or few health problems?

Why did Jennifer have a brain tumor at age 6?

Why do we get to live in the best nation in the world?

Why am I fortunate enough to be able to type this instead of having limp, paralyzed hands hanging at my side? And why do you have the sight to read it?

Why? Why? Why?

Please…as much as we crave (perhaps even demand) answers to these “why” questions…may I kindly and humbly and tenderly suggest that there simply aren’t any adequate earthly answers.  I wish there were, but wishing (or worrying or researching or asking over and over) won’t produce the answers for us.  Believe me, I’ve tried.

We are meant to be connected. The unanswerable seems to be a connector for us. So in the absence of the answers, cling to your faith; hold tightly to your friends; cherish your family members; love and respect yourself. What more can we do?

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May 3, 2014 – Peanuts and Sue

My little sis was born on this date. I’m four years older than she is, but she’s much wiser. I’m pretty good at one thing (communicating with words). Susan is very good at a million things…gardening, sewing, painting, playing musical instruments, composing, writing, adventurous traveling, partnering, mothering, grandmothering, cooking, baking, hostessing, speaking, leading, organizing, and…loving. Oh boy, can she love! Unconditional. Tough. Tender. Complete.

Charles Monroe Schulz was an American cartoonist, best known for the comic strip Peanuts (which featured the characters Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Linus, and Lucy among others). He is widely regarded as one of the most influential cartoonists of all time, cited as a major influence by many later cartoonists.

                                                   Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz died February 12, 2000. It was on a Saturday. The date and day stick in my mind because our Dad died Friday, February 11, 2000. Susan and I grew up with Peanuts. And so we lost a lot that winter day in February when the creator of Pigpen and Schroeder joined Dad. Yet, the memories remain from the legacies they left us. Happy BD, Sue. Your “big” brother loves you.

“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”

“Sometimes I lie awake at night and I ask, “Is life a multiple choice test or is it a true or false test?” …Then a voice comes to me out of the dark and says, “We hate to tell you this but life is a thousand word essay.”

“Stop worrying about the world ending today. It’s already tomorrow in Australia.”

“Just thinking about a friend makes you want to do a happy dance, because a friend is someone who loves you in spite of your faults.”

“If I stand here, I can see the Little Red Haired girl when she comes out of her house… Of course, if she sees me peeking around this tree, she’ll think I’m the dumbest person in the world… But if I don’t peek around the tree, I’ll never see her… Which means I probably AM the dumbest person in the world… which explains why I’m standing in a batch of poison oak.”

“Are you upset little friend? Have you been lying awake worrying? Well, don’t worry…I’m here. The flood waters will recede, the famine will end, the sun will shine tomorrow, and I will always be here to take care of you.”

“Happiness is a warm puppy.”

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