Tuesday, November 11, 2008

spt -- eva and me

I have a friend who is a devoted grandmother. She recently went and stayed with her 3-year-old granddaughter for a week while her daughter and son-in-law were away on a trip. Her stay was not an easy one, her granddaughter wasn't feeling well and needed a lot of extra care and attention, even sometimes during the night, but my friend felt good about the visit and the increase of love that she felt for and from her granddaughter.

This friend called me today and told me that her granddaughter was admitted to Primary Children's Hospital, that her doctors suspect she may have leukemia.

I expressed my sorrow and sympathy, and said, "I'll bet you're really glad about your recent visit with her." She said the thing that she was most glad about was the compassion she had shown her granddaughter during their time together, that she hadn't lost her patience, that she had just loved her.

As soon as I hung up the phone, I scooped up my own 3-year-old and hugged and kissed her.

So many times I am exasperated by her. So many opportunities to lose my patience. So many reasons to just love her -- I know I will never regret that.


{sorry, Lelly. I intended to be wordless today, I really did...}

31 comments:

jenn said...

I'm glad you used words. Thanks for the sweet reminder.

Kim Sue said...

there is local radio commentater in our area that ends all his broadcasts with "be safe and go home and hug your babies". that simple statement always makes me say a little prayer for my blessed child and be happy that I can go home and hug her....tonight I will add a prayer for your friend's grandaughter.

Kelly said...

I'm glad you weren't wordless for this one. Very tender.

patsy said...

ooh- I'm glad you used words too!!
GREat reminder :)

lelly said...

a really wonderful post, accompanied with beautiful photos.

i need to practice my compassion. i really do.

Neighbor Jane Payne said...

What a great photo to have, Michelle. What a good reminder, too, that kindness is never wasted.

I hope your friend's granddaughter is okay.

Jill said...

It's good to have your words.

charlotte said...

I love this :)

Amie said...

So sweet. I try to remind myself that I will never regret being patient or giving up "my" time, etc but I still can do better. (I caught mostly up on blogs today because I sent my kids to their room for two hours... unheard of)

Thanks for the sweet post. These spts have made me realize wordless is impossible for me... I am an explainer.

rmt said...

Oh, wow. That just really puts things into perspective, doesn't it? I have not been very patient with my little one today, but I just resolved to do better tomorrow.
Eva is such a beautiful little girl, and I love the polka dot bow in her hair!

TX Girl said...

Wow- that breaks my heart. Hope all goes well for that little family.

Love the pic of Eva and you.

Barb said...

Beautiful mommy/daughter photo. I'm glad you shared what is in your heart.

crystal said...

You made me cry.

crystal said...

And look! Blue Bug has your EXACT chin. What cuties the two of you are.

I'm so glad for your words today. SOOOOO glad.

Dacia said...

What sweet pictures and sweet words. I think we all forget at times how lucky we are to have the little ones we have. Thanks for the reminder.

MaryRC said...

you appreciated is well noted, ant the pictures... just perfect!!

Laurie said...

The words were so worth it!

Liz said...

What a great reminder

Liz said...

Thanks for sharing your words today. A good reminder to give a little more love and a little more patience to our little ones. Love the pic of you and Eva...she looks so much like you!

Jordan said...

Where did Baby Eva go? You two make a stunning pair!

Good reminder once again to hug ours a little tighter.

Diana said...

Wow Michelle I am sorry to hear about your friends granddaughter adn yes it does put things into perspective. Kira is sick today Joshy is recovering from the stitches in his tongue but reading this post will help me stay patient with my two very lovable kids.

wende said...

so beautiful. thanks for the reminder. what an awesome thing that she can look back and feel good about the choices she made. wonderful.

Lene said...

what a cute picture of the two of you.

glad you added the words.

April said...

I needed these words today.

Hannah said...

This is just so sad. I am so glad she shared her thoughts with you and you shared them with us. Today has been a rough day, but this puts it all in perspective. I want to live without mother-regret!

Melinda said...

That just breaks my heart. I get so frustrated with Ryan and I need to just relax a little bit more. Thank you for posting this for the reminder that life is so precious.

Those photos of you and Eva could not get any cuter. They are just so darling.

Denise said...

Those are only the cutest photos I've ever seen!! You really do have the same chin! Thanks for your perspective-inducing comments. Great, as usual.

Becky said...

So grateful for your words and the timely reminder! Your photos are wonderful as well...

Rin said...

Blue Bug is just about as cute as they come. Seriously...she should have her own reality show.

And about your post...good words :)

Susan said...

Two cute cuties!

Very nicely spoken. And you are definitely in the patient club, who are you kidding?

I loved it.

carlo said...

hug a little tighter, indeed

i wish i never lost patience but i will instead concentrate on the times i don't loose patience. even when it would be easy to

adore the pic of the two of you. a framer!

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