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Sunday, July 25, 2010

A Sunday blessing ~ Mud Puddles and Dandelions

Mud Puddles and Dandelions

When I look at a patch of dandelions,
I see a bunch of weeds that are going to take over my yard.
My kids see flowers for Mom
and blowing white fluff you can wish on.
When I look at an old drunk and he smiles at me,
I see a smelly, dirty person who probably wants money and I look away.
My kids see someone smiling at them and they smile back.

When I hear music I love, I know I can't carry a tune and don't have much rhythm
so I sit self-consciously and listen.
My kids feel the beat and move to it. They sing out the words.
If they don't know them, they make up their own.
When I feel wind on my face, I brace myself against it.
I feel it messing up my hair and pulling me back when I walk.
My kids close their eyes, spread their arms and fly with it,
until they fall to the ground laughing.

When I pray, I say Thee and Thou and grant me this, give me that.
My kids say, "Hi God! Thanks for my toys and my friends.
Please keep the bad dreams away tonight.
Sorry, I don't want to go to Heaven yet.
I would miss my Mommy and Daddy."

When I see a mud puddle I step around it.
I see muddy shoes and dirty carpets.
My kids sit in it. They see dams to build,
rivers to cross and worms to play with.
I wonder if we are given children to teach or to learn from?

No wonder God loves the little children!!

"Enjoy the little things in life,
for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things."
Just a reminder about the important things in life.
I wish you mud puddles and dandelions!
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~ author unknown ~


Coffeypot said...

I did a post once about WHEN. Like, when did we stop running when we went out side? Use to walk out the door and in three steps be at full run. I truly believe we can enjoy life again if we pay attention to our kids. I've relearned many things watching and enjoying my grandkids. Thank for the reminder.

5thsister said...

I love this! How true it is for most of us.

Deb said...

So precious....thanks for being such a faithful commenter over at Jeremiah 29:11...you'll never know how much I appreciate you!
Hope your Sunday is blessed!!
In His Love...Deb

Coffeypot said...

And, as a kid, I would shake the Dandelions and play like it was a brigade of paratroopers dropping in on Germany.

Anonymous said...

Love this....love the reference to the way children see things! How is it we lose that innocence as we get older? Wouldn't it be nice if we could bottle that and save it for a rainy day???

Karen Mortensen said...

So sweet. Kids are really amazing people.