Susan Badeau

There are only two lasting gifts we can give our children - one is roots, the other is wings


Catching Dreams

Posted by Sue Badeau on January 25, 2013 at 8:15 AM Comments 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...

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It Only Takes a Spark

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 8, 2012 at 9:30 PM Comments 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...

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The Year the Tree Fell Over . . . . (Joy and Brokenness, part II)

Posted by Sue Badeau on December 1, 2012 at 1:40 PM Comments 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...

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Joy . .. . . and Brokenness, part I

Posted by Sue Badeau on November 30, 2012 at 6:25 PM Comments 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'...

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Sometimes a Suitcase is More than a Suitcase, Part II

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 18, 2012 at 7:35 AM Comments 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...

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Sometimes a Suitcase is More than a Suitcase, Part I

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 17, 2012 at 6:20 PM Comments 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...

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Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First

Posted by Sue Badeau on October 3, 2012 at 2:50 PM Comments 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...

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