September is always a difficult month for me – it’s the month my son was born and, so naturally, as I flip the calendar, my mind wanders to childhood birthday parties, back to school activities, all the things that go with being a parent. I never want to forget the milestone memories. Sometimes, however, in the ‘remembering,’ I start to teeter. This weekend, we attended a beautiful wedding in Malibu, an outdoor venue, two Jewish families, and I allowed the abundance of love and life to envelope me fully. I found myself reveling in the joy of the present tense. A string quartet played the Beatles’ “All You Need is Love,” and I thought to myself, “Well, you need a lot more than love these days, but that’s a pretty good start.” Life is not easy. The newlyweds have loving families, a world of friends, both are smart and successful, and yet – no one has a crystal ball to know what the future holds. The rabbi explained it quite eloquently and I listened to his every word. In the end, I knew that despite my enormous loss, I would happily recite my vows all over again, birth my babies, shower them with love and enough room to spread their wings, and then hope they would safely land wherever destiny and their dreams might intersect. It doesn’t always turn out the way we imagine. But this weekend, for 72 non-stop hours, I believed fully in the power of love to move mountains, solve the problems of the world, and conquer all. I’m going to stay here for awhile, in this “happily-ever-after” zone. It’s a beautiful rest stop, one that offers hope during a month that sometimes, knocks me to the ground…still. For anyone reading this blog who has suffered a loss, where is your rest stop? What soothes your spirit? We’d love to hear from you, learn from each other.