life can be good

12:02 PM Marcie Parson 3 Comments

Yesterday I went to a retirement home and met Sarah. She is 92 and blind as a bat, but she happily told me all about her life. She once lived in Arlington, Virginia, but spent most of her life in Utah. She was the first female student body president at "the BYU," met her husband there, and married him shortly thereafter. She said she once was a brilliant pianist. She would stand off-stage, someone would hand her music and tell her to be the accompanist, and she would waltz on stage and play whatever they handed to her. "It wasn't hard," she told me. She felt my hair and said, "I used to have long hair like this. It was beautiful." It wasn't hard to believe since she already looked incredible in her pale pink silk blouse.

I told her I was from a town near Arlington, and that I, too, go to BYU. I said that I couldn't remember a time when I didn't play the piano, and that it was my goal to one day sit down and play whatever someone handed to me. I began to think we were very similar.

She then proceeded to tell me that life will always have its challenges. There will always be twists and turns you don't see coming, but that you smile through it all, and it will turn out okay. She has been a widow for 50 some years, but she has lived a happy life with great moments and great children. "Life can be good," she said, "if you keep smiling." And she repeated it over and over.

She didn't say "life is good."

Life can be good.

I guess it's up to me now.