top of page
Search
  • Writer's pictureMarilyn Saltzman

Sympathy cards and thank you notes

I ran out of sympathy cards.

Again.

I buy them in boxes,

Like thank you notes.

And yet they disappear ever more quickly.


Sympathy cards for friends

Losing nonagenarian parents.

Evoking the pain of Mom’s death at 90.

Five years past and still an open wound.


Sympathy cards to spouses of lost friends,

My peers, contemporaries.

Three gone in the last two months.

Too much, too soon, too hard.


A scarcity of sympathy cards,

An abundance of tears.

Sadness mixed with a hefty dose of vulnerability.

My own mortality staring me squarely in the face.


I look to Mussar to find gratitude

For having known and loved these friends.

For my good health and blessed life.


Tenderly, I wrap my grief in gratitude,

And place it in a box.

Like sympathy cards…and thank you notes.


17 views2 comments

Recent Posts

See All

“Mussar-izing” Commercial Slogans

Last weekend, Super Bowl advertisers paid $7 million for a 30-second spot with the hope of making their brands and slogans memorable to millions of viewers. It made me think of famous commercial sloga

Learning to Surf

“You can't stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.” ― Jon Kabat-Zinn I have never tried surfing. My feeble attempt at paddle boarding in Mexico resulted in rescue by my daughter. Yet I am working h

Mussar and...Jazzercise??

I’m a septuagenarian with osteoporosis. So when my teacher friend Deb encouraged me to come to Jazzercise class in October, I thought “why not?” Little did I know that it would not only offer a fun fo

bottom of page