Terri Hanson Mead
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Terri Hanson Mead

Hope is a Dangerous Thing: PYL In-Flight: May 26, 2022

Welcome Back My Hopeful Passengers:

The bad news is so overwhelming right now, even George has taken up drinking. At least he has good taste drinking the puppy version of Veuve Clicquot rose, one of my all-time favorites.

Yesterday I was talking to my CFI Rebecca and told her that at this point, I am compartmentalizing what is happening because otherwise I wouldn’t be able to function.

I am not desensitized. It’s the complete opposite. I am so sensitive right now, that I just can’t deal and therefore can’t read another article about the war on women in the US or watch another TikTok on what our government could (but can’t) actually do to address the gun violence insanity in the US.

Last week I wrote about how we can use the power of the purse and intentional spending to make a difference over time. We are doing this, and I encourage you to do so as you go about your everyday life.

I’m also looking for ways to find joy in the mundane and help bring joy to others.

I took George for a puppy playdate at my friend Lele’s house in Half Moon Bay on Tuesday, and George got to play with Maxwell (pictured here) and his sister Lucy for over an hour as we chatted about everything from kids to dogs and everything in between. It was 23 degrees cooler on the coast (registering in at 75 versus Redwood City’s 98 degrees) which was a bonus.

I am also looking for ways to enjoy the good things like celebrating Adam’s girlfriend’s college graduation over the weekend. Congratulations Jillian!

We drove down to SoCal on Friday (leaving George in the capable hands of one of Finn’s friends) and took Adam and Jillian to the A’s game. While it was a long and boring game, it was a true joy to spend time with them and see the A’s win against the Angels.

We stayed in Anaheim and found the Anaheim Tennis Center and got in an hour of pickleball on real pickleball courts. It felt good to focus on beating Zeke in three out of four games, get in some exercise, and get a break from the constant fear generated by all that is going on.

I did feel cheated that we were essentially across the street from California Adventure and Disneyland, and I could only look longingly at the old Tower of Terror and Space Mountain. I LOVE Disneyland!

Adam and Jillian needed to do some shopping, so we (Zeke) got silly in the department store as Adam was trying on shorts and shirts for the graduation ceremony that night, and the grad party the following day. I thought we were going to have a day to ourselves, but the kids wanted to have brunch and spend time with us and we 100% couldn’t say no (and didn’t want to, either).

We were so honored to be included in not just the ceremony on Saturday night at Chapman, but in the family grad party at Jillian’s parents’ house. It was a gorgeous day at their beautiful home, and we were welcomed like family. And there were tacos and margaritas.

The only thing missing was Finn who gets back on Wednesday night, just in time to participate in the Woodside High School graduation ceremony. Another thing to celebrate during such dark times. We can’t wait! We will have a full house after our empty-nest trial run since March 4th. Yes, Zeke, you will need to stop walking around naked.

Just as we squeeze our kids tighter when we hear about the most recent atrocities like Texas this week, Buffalo two weeks ago, and the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, I believe we must celebrate and cherish the good things so as not to let the evil take over our minds, thereby extinguishing all sense of hope.

So, cheers to you and all of the good things, big and small, happening in your life. May you find the joy in all of it so as to keep the goodness going in our world.

May you find peace, acceptance, and love today as you navigate being human.

With much love and gratitude,


P.S. Take the controls and be the pilot in your own life. It’s a beautiful day to fly, and you are cleared for takeoff.

Song: Hope is a Dangerous Thing for a Woman Like Me to Have by Lana Del Rey

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