The Daily Grace
The Daily Grace

Day 7: This I Learned From Eddie

Dec 6, 2022 | 30 Days of Joy | 6 comments

It’s one of those comments that has stayed with me for years, a tiny little exchange that found its way to my heart and lodged there, whispering, coaxing, reminding me whenever I’ve needed reminding. It’s surfaced time and again this holiday season, a quiet phrase that pops up in myriad ways, in different circumstances, with changing shapes and colors. It has given me direction; it has settled me down. It has enriched moments large and small.

You know, Cathy, he said, in that Eddie-way of his.

We’d been at a holiday celebration, a group of friends bound in a tight circle of love and affection. He and I were nearing the door when he stopped, looked at me—really looked at me, those bright blue eyes smiling.

It’s just not possible to outgive.

He shook his head yes, and I shook my head yes, the truth of his statement sinking in.

It’s just not possible to outgive.


30 Days of Joy


  1. Carolyn G

    Your posts are always a bright spot in my day and are eagerly read although I have never before today responded. Thank you for creating this space of peace and sanctuary.

    How is your novel coming along? I see it as being a unique mix of Appalachian and Low Country cultures and look forward to reading it,

    Merry Christmas from Wise County, VA.

    • Cathy

      Carolyn, your comment means so much! I am so happy you are here! And thanks for asking about the novel. I am on the hunt for a publisher and remain hopeful that option will come to fruition. If not, I plan to self-publish in the spring. I am also most interested in your vision of the mix of Appalachian and Low Country. This novel is purely Appalachian, but you’ve got me thinking . . .

      Thanks again for making my day/week/year by being here and letting me know it. Happy holidays! XXOO

  2. Kathy Morganelli

    The key

    • Cathy

      I am always so happy to see your name pop up! XXOO

  3. Debbie Johnson

    Impossible but such a wonderful feeling of happiness and kindness. God is good!????

    • Cathy

      Yes, Debbie! Yes! xxoo

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Hi. I’m Cathy.

This is a blog about writing, creative living, and grace in the everyday. It’s my hope this little spot on the internet will be for you a place of quiet and reflection, a source for inspiration, and a reminder there’s beauty all around—we simply need to keep our hearts open to see it. Thank you for being here with me.

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