“What have they got that I ain’t got? COURAGE”-  The Cowardly Lion, The Wizard of Oz

I had never given the word much thought until July 2014 when my world as I knew it completely changed.

It happened through a long ago written letter by my Mama to her Aunt.  A letter that was never sent.  A letter written the day after I was born.  A letter that has been in my house since my Mama died in 1998.  It sat in a box with many other letters, in an envelope that was addressed but had no stamp.  One you really wouldn’t notice.  Obviously.

Why did it take me so long to open that envelope? I will never know.  But if I had known it’s contents, I may have never opened it.

If I had known the power of the words written on the pages 57 years earlier, if I had known.


“A heart is not judged by how much you love; but how much you are loved by others.”- The Wizard of Oz

Courage is defined as “having the ability to do something that you know is difficult or dangerous.”  My questions is this-where do you find it?  Where does courage live? Is it in our hearts, our heads, our beliefs?  Is it just a fantasy, a dream we hope for, a fleeting emotion? Does courage define who we are? What we do? What we say?

“I think my mother… made it clear that you have to live life by your own terms and you have to not worry about what other people think and you have to have the courage to do the unexpected.”- Caroline Kennedy

I could have said this about my Mama too.

She did the unexpected.

She had the courage to follow through.

She had me.

And my “Daddy” was in Germany.

He didn’t know she was pregnant until he returned home.

He was gone two years.


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