Connection often doesn’t take much time, thought or energy, yet we so often fail to appreciate the simple power of it within our lives and relationships. Tonight, following our usual laughter-filled family meal at the kitchen table, and getting the children off to bed, my husband and I were watching a sweet English film, Song for Marion. We were simultaneously working on our computers, as we so often do in the evenings – I beginning to write a blog post about Mother’s Day tomorrow, and he downloading video editing software.
During two of the key songs in the film we both found sorrow stirring, and tears welling up. The simple motions of silently putting our work aside and moving together to hold each other close gave our emotions space to be fully felt, and tears the freedom to fall freely. There was no need for words, just momentary physical and emotional closeness for which I find myself deeply grateful.