Adapted in TC: You have to know me to know my bleeding heart


“Your wife is a bleeding heart, whining liberal. She thinks everything needs to be fixed. Sometimes life is just life,” said the stranger on the street to my husband.

“I’ll be sure and tell her,” my husband said.

The woman’s comment made me smile. There was much she didn’t know about me.

You have to know where I come from to know why I behave the way I do. My paternal grandparents had an early impact on me, as did my maternal great-grandfather. These were people who helped everyone, no matter what. They gave of themselves and what they had. In every situation their modeling was “if you can make it better for someone, in any way, do it. That’s why we’re alive.”

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