Against the Wind She was born to run against the wind; knowing naught of walking lightly in silken nightgown on a morning breeze. Mother said: girl, you make it happen no one else does it for you... and she became a believer. No stepping back from life's thrust, no time to create a peaceful, tranquil space where uplifting thoughts could flow to people her nights and fill her days. A child was born to her; a man was lost and in her joy, and in her pain, she found the peace she’d never known hidden within her own understanding. She became a flowing river winding her way through life, allowing the course of events to mold her, never enslave her. She found herself moving forward in laughing twists and crying turns, adding new dreams to old, and in these, finding hidden paths to unknown places. Finally she saw the child grow strong; free in the world she had nurtured.