Friday, October 29, 2010

I am a tenacious old bird

Today was a pretty huge day for me. After a nap that began just as the kids left for school at 8 am and ended at 1 in the afternoon I was astonished I slept so hard and so long.

When the kids came home from school a neighbor boy rang because no one was at his home. He knew to come here that I would be here. Later we all went two doors down from his home to his grandmothers. His grandfather was dead in the master room only the week or so before. Strange to go there. We three ladies (both us moms and the grandma) had a delightful visit as the children swam in the pool.

We were invited to go to a party at their church. Now that type of church was one that was same as the one in my childhood. Trying to reach my husband was met with a message that he would be working late. (overtime ! woo hoo) So following the goose and the joy of my kids we opted to attend the party at the church. This was a huge step for me. Dove dressed in my gown that is black and glittered with gold and a crown. Dash was a hockey player. It took a lot to do this. A whole lot. I rode in their car so as not to be behind the wheel. Took a stress medication along with the hand of God.

Keeping a vigilant eye on my kids the parking lot had a "trunk treat" very small and few. The other side of the lot was a very small carnival of games and treats. Hot dogs and the most amazing caramel apples were also at hand. YUM I ate two of them. At times I relaxed and found sweet pleasure watching the laughter and delightful fun on my children. By the way did you know I am 'the best!' Dove declares it so.

I am tired tonight of mind and body. My heart beats fast with what was accomplished within me.
They were (seemingly) innocent and kind people. Generous to the kids. Friendly to each other. A prayer offered before the event was met with a "see mom it's not too bad" by Dove. She gave a hardy vocal AMEN! The religion is non Christian except per the view of those who attend it. It was strange to be at a ward hint hint. It was kind of our neighbor to invite us. You know those kids of mine would never have attended without me.  Yet I attended without Steve. I was forced to overcome it (by choice). Took a bit of strength and I am tired but I walked the road and it was lit with wisdom and courage. I am a tenacious old bird. Felt like a hawk the way I had kept my eye on my children.

It really is in the heart of the matter. Strange how many years I was terrified of any involvement. I loved the sweet costumes but not the others. One mom sounded like us. She stayed home on the actual eve not wanting to participate. Funny different religion (faith) yet like minded in that. We all have much more in common folks than divisive religion or legalism might lead us to believe.

love a common base that is so under assault through the very thing we think is right.


Denise said...

Fly sweet bird fly, love you.

Reighnie said...

Wow! You are amazing! I was tense and holding my breath as I read this post because I can feel how huge this is for you.

I was nervous leaving those verses in my last comment because I know it's all interpretation. I reread them over and over again hoping there wasn't something I was missing and that I wouldn't do something dumb and offend. lol!

BTW, the comment of yours that I had mentioned before having finally been able to receive it was the same as you left today. Isn't it amazing that I came across your comment that day, the very day that I was writing about my friend?

It was on the post I had written about him on the same day a couple of years ago, that was the search I had done to see my previous posts. God led me back here.

God is good.

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