Anne Morrow Lindbergh is an American heroine whose personal tragedy demonstrates the ability of the human spirit to grow through pain. Her eighteen-month-old baby was kidnapped from his crib and offered back to the Lindberghs for a large sum of money. Eventually, after paying the ransom, after weeks of waiting for her baby’s return, and after many leads failed, her hope was dashed. Six weeks later the baby, Charles, Jr., was found dead in the woods near their home. In her journal she later wrote of her own growth through grief and of our responsibility to help others through grief:
It is the long way out, but at the end of the road there is rebirth…truth that is locked up in the heart is sterile. It must be given back to life so that the “hour of lead” – of others-may be transmuted.Anne Morrow Lindbergh, Hour of Gold, Hour of LeadPlease post commits:
- Grief takes time. Is often painful and hard to bear. From the paragraph above, what stage do you think Anne is in her grief?
- What do you think could have helped Anne cope?
- Could you be like her?
- How? How not? Why? Why not?
- What do you most admire about Anne?
- Do you think she is real or just saying these things?