Archive for October 26th, 2017

IMG_2755A picture can speak of a thousand memories.

As I looked at the photo, above, from a few days ago, the first thought that came to my mind was,

these … these are the humans I so love.

There are times when this truth can hit a person, full and uninterrupted.

That man, who I took the great leap with over twenty-eight years ago, when we were so very young and fully unaware of what we were signing on for when we made that covenant to each other, for life.

In the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, Susan asks Mr. Beaver, “is he safe?” (regarding Aslan the lion), “”Safe?” said Mr. Beaver …”Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good.” I often think the same could be said of marriage, of course it isn’t safe. But it’s good.

That oldest daughter, the one who taught me how to be her mother. Oh, I have failed her a million times … just in her first year of life. She challenges me to think and to know the reasons for what I believe. She is determined, and will achieve what she desires. She is brave, and strong … fearful and delicate. Like the Velveteen Rabbit, she is real.

That youngest daughter, the one who cried for two years straight, and has never been shy to make a statement … in words, in fashion, in art, in friendships (most childhood friends were sixty plus, years her senior). She taught me that relationship is active, daily work and that asking questions is the only way to know what someone else is thinking. She lives the meaning of the words of Anne Shirley, “the iron has entered my soul.”

That son, the one who can read my unspoken thoughts, unspoken emotions. He is confident and comfortable in his own skin. He has taught me about good and evil, and he has no idea of how very well he has learned that redemption truly is the best theme of any story. “He’s a silent guardian, a watchful protector, a Dark Knight.”

These are my favourite five, the ones who make my heart soar, the ones who fill my cup, and make my stand tall.

It is these who I love with a deep and never-ending love.

“Above all, keep loving one another deeply”
1 Peter 4:8



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