You Don't Know Me

Sharing Stories

"You Don’t Know Me"

As I walk down the street,

I see your face and wonder if I should smile as we pass.

You don’t know me as a friendly sort.

What do you see when I look at you, I wonder.

Do you see the color of my skin?

Attempting to guess my ethnicity or mood of the day?

You don’t know me—look deeper if you dare.

Do you see the years of experience on my face?

Of the love I have shared with my family and friends?

You don’t know me as a positive and loving person.

As you walk past, I wish you peace and blessings,

to enjoy your life and all that God has to offer you.

May your spirit enjoy life and bless others.

Life is an experience we choose—either positive or negative.

I choose positive outcomes.

Do you see me now?

Vicki Biladeau has lived in Mountlake Terrace, Washington for the past 32 years and is a retired RN.

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