May we raise children who love the unloved things – the dandelion, the worms and spiderlings. Children who sense the rose needs the thorn & run into rainswept days the same way they turn towards sun… And when they’re grown and someone has to speak for those who have no voice may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the ones.
This quote so perfectly describes how my beloved parents, Jim and JoAnne Arnold, raised us kids. Their parenting technique was so often based on modeling the behavior they wished to see in their children, including kindness and compassion for all living things, great and small.
Another behavior that my parents modeled so well was finding meaningful work based on your God-given talents. And for this, I would like to express my deepest gratitude here.
My mother retired just this year after more than sixty years of playing beautiful music for the Archdiocese. Her first piano teacher, her beloved Grandmother Sophia, must have seen the potential in my mother at such a young age and cultivated that gift with love and encouragement. Thus began her lifelong music ministry journey, in her teen years. She would go on to play for many, many parishes in the Bay Area, including for her most recent church community, Saint Athanasius in Mountain View.
I always knew my mother was an exceptionally gifted musician and artist. I also knew that her gifts were unique to her, gifts that needed to be shared. Her strong commitment to God, her Church, her faith, her family, and her music ministry has inspired me my whole life. And my mother’s Christian devotion continues to inspire me to this day, as she finds new ways to express her amazingly creative God-given gifts.
A big THANK YOU to my mother for her service to the Church all these years. You are a gift, Mom!
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