“I need someone. I need to hold somebody close. And I need more than this holding. I need someone to understand how I feel at a time like now. And the understanding must be part of the holding.” (Betty Smith, A Tree Grows in Brooklyn") Sometimes, the Universe presents us with more challenges than we planned on. Your car breaks down. Your meds don't work. Your mouth breaks. In those moments, when our lives are falling apart and we're swiping away tears, we, like Francie, ache to be held and understood. However, as we all know, those precious intangibles, holding and understanding, are rare, indeed. Rather than comfort, Life enjoys serving us up heaping plates of indifference, and because of that fact, when we hurt, often times, indifference is what we expect. But down deep, despite our expectations, we long to hear "all will be well." Because when the right person assures you of that, you believe it. In spite of everything Life's taught you, you believe and you see a light in the darkness. Once in a great while, my Friends, "a word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in settings of silver" (Proverbs 25:11).