“ The brilliant poppy flaunts her head Amidst the ripening grain, And adds her voice to sell the song That August’s here again. ” ~ Helen Winslow (American editor and journalist)
Good morning, dear friends. I do hope this finds you well and enjoying these beginning days of August. It is hard to believe summer is on the downside, but it is.
Before I go any further I want to thank each and every one of you who took the time to write your lovely and thoughtful comments on my post last week. I read each one and have managed to comment on a few. Eventually, I will respond to all, as I appreciate your words more than you can imagine. Truly, I am blessed with the friendship and kindness you have shown. Therefore, I thought you may enjoy the following. . .
“Kindness” ~ by Rosemerry Wahtola Trommer
“Consider the tulip,
how it rises every spring
out of the same soil,
which is, of course,
not at all the same soil,
but new. How long ago
someone’s hands planted a bulb
and gave to this place
a living scrap of beauty.
Consider the six red petals,
the yellow at the center,
the soft green rubber of the stem,
how it bows to the world. How,
the longer we sit beside it,
the more we bow to it.
It is something like kindness,
is it not? The way someone plants
in you a bit of beauty—a kind word,
perhaps, or a touch, the gift
of their time or their smile.
And years later, in the soil that is you,
it emerges again, pushing aside
the dead leaves, insisting on beauty,
a celebration of the one who planted it,
the one who perceives it, and
the fertile place where it has grown.”
“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.” ~ Saint Teresa of Calcutta
My hospital adventure and illness has been quite an experience. Indeed, it was certainly not what was in my plan. However, with all the dreadful occurrences in our world, perhaps I was supposed to see firsthand how many wonderful and caring people still remain in our world. From the doctors to the young nurse assistant who helped me with my shower, I was shown nothing but kindness and concern.
“That’s what you do when you love someone. You support them. Win, lose, or draw.” ~ Ron Swanson
Around the middle of June, I ordered the rose pictured above. It replaced a boxwood that was on its way out. The boxwood was in a gorgeous pot and of course, I couldn’t let a beautiful pot sit empty. So, along came Black Forest. In my opinion, someone was not thinking clearly when they gave this lovely rose such a name ~ Black Forest. Nonetheless, yesterday Mike came in from the garden with one stem of this beauty. Forgive me for gushing over him, but honestly, you can’t imagine the love and care he has given me. God certainly did smile on me the day I married him.
Dear friends, again, I thank each of you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness and concern.
And. . .
Know that “you are the reason that someone believes in the goodness of people.”
And. . .
That someone is me.
Wishing you and yours a beautiful day and month of August.
Images; tumblr and M.S. Lambiotte
Ending quote ~ author unknown