|Posted by Sue Badeau on January 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM||comments (11)|
On Martin Luther King Day many members of my family and I participate in Philadelphia’s citywide Day of Service. This year, while my husband and other family members were out cleaning yards and toilets at non profit organizations, I stayed with my 4 year old grandson Mackell as we worked through several volunteer “stations” designed to be child-friendly.
First, we decorated lunc...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sue Badeau on December 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM||comments (1)|
“It only takes a spark to get a fire going . . . . . and soon all those around are warmed up by its glowing . . . .”
A couple of lines from a camp song learned many years ago always play in my head at this time of year. Our house is very large and yet, whe...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sue Badeau on December 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
The Year the Tree Fell Over . . . . . (Joy and Brokenness, Part II)
I have many Christmas tree ornaments, and they all have special significance to me. Some were handed down from my great-grandmother Sue (who I am named after), others were gifts from my mom. Some were collected from plac...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sue Badeau on November 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM||comments (4)|
JOY and Brokenness, Part I
At the end of my last blog post, I promised to begin "unpacking the trauma suitcase" as part of the path toward healing, and so, let's begin. One of the items I always carry in my suitcase is a broken Christmas tree ornament. An angel with only one wing . . . . . I'll tell you more about her tomorrow, but for today, let'...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sue Badeau on October 18, 2012 at 7:35 AM||comments (2)|
Several weeks after my son Dylan’s death, I headed to Mississippi and Alabama to speak to child welfare workers about the impact of trauma on children. After a full day of speaking in Mississippi, I arrived at the airport with my trusty pink carry-on suitcase and was told that due to space...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sue Badeau on October 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM||comments (1)|
Sometimes a suitcase is just a suitcase.
Sometimes it is more.
Anyone who travels for their work as much as I do has probably lost a suitcase or two. I try to avoid this as much as possible by packing everything I need into carry-on bags, but occasionally, I find that I have to check a bag. When I land at my destination (often late at night after an already too-long day) and my suitcase is not there waiting for me, it can be stressful. The idea of standi...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Sue Badeau on October 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM||comments (0)|
I am on an airplane.
And the flight attendant has just finished giving us the safety instructions, including the ever important reminder to “put your own oxygen mask on first” when traveling with a child or anyone who might need your help.
What a wealth of wisdom in those few words. Put your own oxygen mask on first.
You can’t be there to care for others if you can’t even breathe yourself. Sim...Read Full Post »