“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without words – and never stops at all. ~ Emily Dickinson
“Hope is not the conviction that something will turn out well but the certainty that something makes sense, regardless of how it turns out.” ~ Vaclav Havel
Our third grand-niece was born this week. She brought with her so much joy and hope. We also have two grand-nephews and as I see photos of how much each of them has grown, I feel great hope for the future. And after a year of the pandemic, I’m up for a large dose of hope.
Spring, which is just around the corner here in the Northern Hemisphere, is one of my favorite times of year. Plants and trees bud out, new babiy animals are born. I love all the new life and the gorgeous colors not to mention the warmer weather. It’s not too hot yet and that invites me to go outside. It just feels like hope and joy are in the air.
Since I love stories so much, I almost always connect the stories I watch or read with things that are going on in my life. This week, Barry and I watched a couple of films from outside the U.S.
In the first, Automata, a Spanish/Bulgarian production, Antonio Banderas’ character, Jacq, finds himself in a dystopian future. Most of the human race has been killed off by aggressive solar flares and robots have been created to do the work humans can’t, or don’t want to do. It’s a bleak life, but his wife is about to have a baby. He’s not sure how he feels about that, but she desperately wanted a child and so he gave in to her wishes. I’m not going to go into more of the story except to say that even though it looks like the human race is dying out and the robots are poised to take over the planet, the birth of Jacq’s daughter brings him hope and indicates a better future for his family and maybe even the world. He has become an ally of the robots and in the end there is a possibility that perhaps both races can coexist.
The second movie, Black Book, from The Netherlands, is a WW II story based on true events about a Jewish woman who escapes a Nazi attack on her family and other Jews trying to escape their regime. She joins the resistance movement and ends up embedded in the local Nazi command. She and her fellow resistance warriors are in constant danger because there is a traitor among their ranks. But by the end of the movie it’s years later. She is living in Israel in a Kibbutz she established in honor of her murdered family. We see her with her husband and children. Even though warriors arrive in the last frames to help protect the Kibbutz from Palestinian attacks, there is a note of hope that no matter what they will survive.
There are so many stories that show the continuation of the generations as a way of indicating that there is hope for the future no matter what has gone on before.
So, our family has expanded by one this week bringing happiness and hope with her. Thank you Little One!
Thank you for reading, liking and commenting. I appreciate your time. Have a happy and restful weekend.
Lucinda Sage-Midgorden © 2021
Lucinda is the author of The Space Between Time, an award finalist in the “Fiction: Fantasy” category of the 2017 Best Book Awards.
Have you ever experienced life shattering events? Yeah, most of us have. In The Space Between Time, Jenna Holden gets slammed by her fiancé walking out, her mother’s untimely death, and losing her job all in one week. But she receives unexpected help when she finds her three-times great-grandmother’s journals and begins the adventure of a lifetime.
The Space Between Time is available in all ebook formats at Smashwords and for Kindle at Amazon, or you can find the ebook at iBooks or Barnes and Noble. If you prefer a physical copy, you can find a print-on-demand version at Amazon. Stay tuned for news when the audiobook version is published.
Lucinda is also the host of Story-Power a new podcast where she and her guests discuss the stories in all formats that have changed their lives. It’s available here on Sage Woman Chronicles and on Apple, Google, and Spotify podcast apps. Please rate and leave a review. It helps people find me.