Helen has always been the light in our house. As crabby and obstinate as she can be, she remains an optimist through and through.
A few days ago, Helen and I headed off to her girl scout meeting in the pouring rain. Ed happened to be commuting by bike that day (as he often does) and as we stepped outside I told Helen "I feel so badly for Daddy riding home in this rain".
Without missing a beat, Helen responded "well, at least the bike path won't be crowded today".
And I think that should be our new family mantra. When things are not going well, we should just look at each other and repeat "at least the bike path won't be crowded today" as a reminder that somewhere, amidst whatever trouble is happening, a silver lining exists.
Even if it's tiny.