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Certain Moments.

Posted on: July 23, 2009


While a trip to the local park is generally a treat for the very young to the young-at-heart, this one proved to be a special. Amongst a busy week filled with tension from moving and adjusting to a new house, an idyllic moment happened. The air was cool, not cold, not too hot, not too humid but just right for relaxing under an old oak tree. A gentle breeze skimmed across my face. As the tension left my shoulders, I felt a sense of peace and calm come over me .

In the background, I heard a multitude of kids shouting at play but it was strangely calming. The kids were close by but not close enough to intrude on my thoughts. They were too busy swinging, sliding and playing tag to care what some lady wrote in her notebook.

My nephews who hadn’t played well together all morning chose this brief interlude to actually cooperate with each other. I thought to myself, It’s a miracle. I heard their laughter as they kicked a soccer ball across the grass. I saw them hi-five each other.

I stop what I was doing and savored this quiet life-is-good moment which in our life recently has been limited. The chocolate fudge from the sundae I had bought delighted me as it melted and drizzled down my throat.

Then as suddenly as the moment appeared . . . it disappeared. Alas, it was gone. The sound of the boys running toward me racing to tell me what the other had done wrong ended it.  However, in that brief moment I found the peace I needed to continue on in the day.


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I love the children's movies Wizard of Oz and the Neverending Story. Both movies make me feel the lesson that hope is alive and well. After seeing UP this past week, it just might have a chance at being added to this list.

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