9.18.2010

Nate and Elizabeth

I don't have a lot of time to watch TV. So, I record the shows I like and try to watch a few at night before I fall asleep. The two that I ALWAYS make sure I watch is the Ellen Show and Nate Berkus' new show. Last night Nate's featured guest was Elizabeth Edwards. The strength and resilience of this woman and what she has been through is incredible. Fighting a terminal illness, her husband having public affair, then having a child with her, would make most of us not even want to get out of bed in the mornings. I also remember Nate being on the Oprah show a few years back after his own personal devastation of losing his partner and telling Oprah about what happened during that Christmas holiday as tears streamed down his face. It was so wonderful to see both Elizabeth and Nate talking about "paying it forward" instead of just wallowing in self pity or grief! I believe if we take our hardships in life and use them to help others then we really walk away as bettter people. The one thing I didn't know about Elizabeth Edwards was her passion for antiques and vintage items. And she is a pretty good bargain shopper as well saying, "I don't consider 10 percent off a deal"! On yesterdays show they also featured another young woman that recently lost her daughter but continued working hard to help other families that were going through what she had been through. Elizabeth Edwards has opened a little antique shop. Her mom use to have one called the "Red Door", and she named hers the "Red Window". Nate had decorated the set of his show for the woman that lost her daughter. Everything on the set was gift for this woman and although I'm rambling, I was just so happy to see such a generous and kind random act of kindness. This woman continued to give to sick children even though her daughter was no longer with her. Nate had asked Elizabeth, who is terminally ill, if she had one thing to wish for, what would it be? Her reply was, "to live long enough to see my first born grandchild"! It's the little things in life that mean the most, or "should" mean the most. I never, ever forget how full my life is, how I am lucky to be able to see not only my own grown kids all the time, but my grandchildren as well, as in daily! I guess the moral to this long, rambling blog post is this: choose your battles. When someone cuts you off on the freeway, is it really worth the anger? And I do have to say, each time I watch Nate's show, I think about that day this past summer when he randomly showed up at Country Roads and put his arm around me. A very special person indeed!

7 comments:

Karen said...

No rambling here. This was a wonderful posting full of good messages and love for people you know and don't know... These are beautiful thoughts to express and we can all learn from your wisdom.
Have a blessed weekend!
Karen
Ladybug Creek

Deb said...

Hi Sue
I watched this episode too (Loving Nate's new show) :-) and like you, found it to be inspiring and filled with a wonderful message. Only wished I had taped it also.

Maureen said...

I was surprised too that Elizabeth Edwards had a shop. I'm with her, 10% is not a deal!

I didn't always realize this, but now that I'm all grown up (sorta!), at the end of the day, life is about attitude.

The Boston Lady said...

Wonderful post, Sue. I haven't had a chance to see Nate's show, but will check it out soon. He seems like such a wonderfully positive person. I had heard that Elizabeth Edwards had an antiques shop and I'm sure it gives her a lot of joy to tend to it's contents. She is a wonderfully strong, resilient woman who understand what is important in life - as do you. Ann

artteachergirl said...

Such a nice post! Rambling is what I do best so I felt right at home reading it. Nate seems very genuine, and though I haven't seen his show yet, I definitely will! Lucky you to have met him! Blessed weekend! Best, Vicki

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I also saw the show and was surprised that she has a shop. Good for her! It was a very touching show with wonderful positive messages. What is always interesting to me is that it is so much easier to be kind instead of cruel. I'll never understand people who decide to make it hard on themselves! I'm all for the easy life of being kind and celebrating others who take the kindness path. Oops, now I'm rambling.

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