“I Rest in the Grace of the World and Am Free”

Anna Lucia Graziani Torres was born on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2012 at 3:30 a.m., but she opened her eyes in heaven. Her mother, Dawn Graziani, and her father, Eric Torres, held her close and said hello and goodbye to their angel baby daughter. She was beautiful. She was loved.

Although she was only in our arms a short while, Anna Lucia, meaning Graceful Light, will always be part of our family and forever shine in our hearts. She is loved and greatly missed by her grandparents, Diane and Ed Graziani and Rose Torres, and her sisters and brother, Katherine, Kassandra, Nikki, and Alex Torres. A private memorial is being arranged for the Graziani and Torres families.

Dawn and Eric are touched by the inquiries about donations to charities in Anna Lucia’s memory. We have close friends, Tom and Kim Mozeleski-Lileng, currently in urgent need for their nine year old daughter, Sanna, who is suffering from Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC), and we know Anna Lucia would love to help another little girl live. So if you are so inclined, please consider contributing to the PSC Foundation at , where you can also read about this rare disease and funding needed for research to help children and families like our friends. Be sure to mention both Sanna’s and Anna Lucia’s names. Both of our families have immense gratitude for your generous gesture.

We thank everyone for surrounding us with such love, warmth, and hope. We embrace ourselves and surrender to the powerful presence of nature where peace inevitably awaits us…

The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting with their light. For the time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

– Wendell Berry

– article and poem submitted by Dawn Graziani and Eric Torres