~ Elizabeth Shannon in Up In the Park,
The Diary of the Wife of the American Ambassador to Ireland
Keep my mind free from the recital of enless details; give me wings to get to the point. Seal my lips on my aches and pains. They are increasing, and the love of rehearsing them is becoming sweeter as the years go by. I dare not ask for grace enough to enjoy the tales of others’ pains, but help me to endure them with patience.
~ 17th Century Nun’s Prayer, unknown source