Friday, April 23, 2010

Strong and Brave

The title of Monday's episode of Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood was "Strong and Brave."  He allowed his television neighbors to follow him to a clinic where he received a flu shot.  Has there ever been a nicer man on television than Fred Rogers?  I heard a story once about a group of young hoodlums who stole Mr. Rogers' car and later returned it with a note that read, "If we had known it was yours, we wouldn't have taken it."


Strong and brave seems to be the theme of this past week.  My book club pick for this month was Same Kind of Different As Me.  It's a true story and the main theme is that one person can make a difference.  Sometimes I hear that and think it's crap, but then I hear about people who really do and think they must be made of something different than me.  It's a great book.  You should read it.


This week  in addition to not sleeping much, Miles has been strong and brave.  Up until now, he's been afraid of grass.  I could put him on a blanket in the middle of the yard and be assured that he would stay there.  The other day I put him on a blanket and started pulling weeds.  I turned around and he had crawled off the blanket, over the lawn, to the other side of the driveway and was headed towards the street.  He also learned to climb up stairs and fall down them.  I'm very proud of him, but this ruins everything.


We moved to Missouri at the beginning of the Summer, so we had no idea how amazing it looks in the Spring.  We've never lived in an actual house until now and, therefore, never had to take care of a yard.  (My local friends will probably have a heart attack and die of not surprise when they hear that.)  I haven't taken great care of the flower beds and was very pleasantly surprised to see what has popped up over the past few weeks.  Even the weeds look beautiful.


[I love photographing flowers.  They're so cooperative.  I finally had to stop taking pictures of them and actually post them so that this wouldn't be the longest post in history.  While we were at the Botanical Gardens, I found a new flower I adore.  They're called "Lady's Earrings."  Isn't that great?  I think if I had been in charge of naming them, that's exactly what I would call these flowers.]


As I have come across many people this past week who have had to face serious illness and great grief in their lives it makes me wonder why I seem to be getting off easy.  I worry that maybe God thinks I'm too much of a wimp to handle it.  I also worry that my time for great trials is just scheduled for later on.


These feelings aren't new.  I get this way a lot.  But what is new is that I feel more prepared to tackle a great obstacle.  I'm feeling stronger and braver.  Maybe it's just the Red Bull talking, but I really do.  So, thank you Mr. Rogers and all of my neighborhood friends for your examples.

8 Wisecracks:

Andrea Lee UptonRowley said...

Gosh, I LOVE those pictures. Seeing this post made me feel like I just took a stroll in the "secret garden."
Beautiful!!

I hate when I feel like life has not given me a trial in a while. (because that usually means I am due for another one at ANY moment)

I heart Mr. Rogers!!! Who else in the WORLD sings a happy little jig while taking their shoes on and off?!!

Jess said...

Those flowers are beautiful. And "Lady's earrings"? What a gorgeous name! I also know folks with deadly illnesses and hope I never get such a big trial. But it is interesting what little trials we face without worrying about them at all. I, for one, see my friends and family supporting a spouse through med school and don't know how they do that. That is inspirational to me. I think you'd be surprised how many people you touch. It's too bad we can't always know.

Wendy said...

I wish I was brave and strong, but I am pretty sure God knows that I'm a quitter. Also, did you watch Mr. Rogers about a month ago? The 'info' said it was about a dog or something like that so Bradley and I got all snuggled to share a moment but it was about divorce instead. nice...

koryn said...

Love all the pics but the "swirly green leaves" was truly eye candy. I just paused life and stared. I think it made me feel stronger and braver!

melissa said...

Thanks, Koryn! That's lily of the valley that showed up on the side of our house. It's going to be my desktop for a long time. :)

elizabeth said...

Beautiful pictures, just beautiful.

Nicole said...

Are these flowers all in your yard? Loved the tree stump the best. You are strong and brave. People who experience serious illness and grief need someone who can be there for them without making it all about themselves. That's you.

melissa said...

Thanks, Nicole. You are nice. The Lady's Earrings and the white bud tree were the only flowers not in my yard. (That was an awkward sentence.)