I was walking around the back of the azalea bushes, and was surprised to see these. Ruby amaryllis blooms, stretching with determination toward the sunlight. Azalea branches were poking across them, as if in equal determination to hold them back. I cut away the branches.
This morning I ran out to see if the amaryllis in the azaleas had bloomed. They hadn’t, but, get this, on my way back to the house, I happened to glance over and see this in the shade of the pecan tree:
Happy Easter, dear friends. Sending thanks to all my blogging friends and people who stop by to say hello. Very often you help me to have a new perspective, and bring sunlight into my life.
Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther.
My small grandson, Sweetie-Pie, brought home secret presents from his school’s Christmas shop. He was so excited: “You are gonna love it, Nana!” I sat in the living room reading, while Sweetie-Pie and Papa worked to wrap the presents. Papa’s was already wrapped in tissue paper from school, so it was okay for him to see the bundle.
Then I heard a crash, followed by a heartbroken, “Oh, Papa! I broke your present…”
I went instantly to the kitchen. What can you say to heartbreak? I held Sweetie-Pie and cried with him. Then I gently pulled the item out of the trash, where Papa had very naturally put it, knowing it was beyond repair. It was the remains of a little snow globe, with a train. (Papa and Sweetie-Pie have shared many an hour watching train crash videos on YouTube.)
“We can keep it. Papa can take the broken glass off. It doesn’t matter that it doesn’t have a globe. We still have this, and it is still cute, and still a present from you.”
So that’s what we did. After a bit Sweetie-Pie could smile again.
“We carry on. We have ourselves and we carry on — in spite of our losses and mistakes, and women, I think, have more than most. ~Susan Fletcher, novelist.
Cropped screenshot of James Stewart from the trailer for the film Harvey (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Wisdom and delight from the eccentric character of Elwood P. Dowd, played by Jimmy Stewart in the timeless classic movie, Harvey. Elwood drives everyone crazy because he insists on being happy. Tune your ear to Mr. Stewart’s famous drawl:
Every day’s a beautiful day.
My mother used to say, ‘In this world, Elwood, you must be oh, so smart, or oh, so pleasant.’ I recommend pleasant. You can quote me.
I always have a wonderful time wherever I am, whomever I’m with.
Each time Elwood was asked: “Is there something I can do for you, Mr. Dowd?” he replied:
What did you have in mind?
My very favorite:
I wrestled with reality for thirty-five years, doctor, and I’m glad to say I’ve won out over it.”
Starting Tuesday out right, again, or still…
Dear God, let me be the unique me I am today, just as I am. Let me be pleasant, and if not pleasant, let me be quiet, and let me realize the priceless power of simply enjoying myself and others. Amen. So it is.