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10
Jun
10

family plan

Many, many months ago, while Darling Daughter was grieving over the break-up of a year long romance (a handsome man with commitment aversion). I gave her my best advice which was to pray for the right person to come into her life. I had done this myself 30 some years before with positive results. It was the best I had to offer. So what happened? One Sunday at her church, during the passing of the peace, the man sitting in front of her turned around to perform the accustomed handshake, hug or whatever, and both were smitten: love at first sight. Very romantic, I would say.

Now this is no ordinary answer to prayer because DD is in her early 40s. The baby clock had ticked itself down to unlikely and she had given up all hope of ever having her own family. I in concert with her, had entirely given up hope of ever being a grandmother. Young readers will not understand this granny thing. I didn’t until I entered my 7th decade, when I began to sense that grandchildren would be even better than cats. And that’s saying a lot!

Well, to make this story a bit shorter…this man turned out to be a widower with 2 young daughters—not divorced—widowed. Dear God, how kind of you to bring an entire family into Darling’s life. Just add water, stir gently and set in the sun to bloom. This is all very exciting for DD, the children (Miss Green and Miss Pink) and the prince…not a frog…whom I shall call #1 Son until I come upon a better name. I have several favorite youngish male friends who are dear to me, but no actual sons, so clearly he is the first and receives a crown or something.

Wedding preparations are underway for July 3. Ms. will turn into Mrs. Big Dawg and I will become grannies and except for the messed up world we live in, shall live happily ever after. We are off and running. Last week, Saturday, the girls came over for the first granny visit. We had mac and cheese in bunny shapes which they loved…“Can we have more?” Then BD and I did arts and crafts with them and had a lovely time. Immediately after they left BD and I went out shopping for supplies for the next visit and set up their own cabinet in my studio. Are we crazy or what? I will not be able to resist showing pictures, so stand by. Here we go…

Miss Pink on the left—5 1/2

Miss Green on the right—8 1/2

#1 Son (a.k.a. the Captain)

Darling Daughter

Balloons have no names

This photo was taken after Miss Green’s violin recital.  Great, huh?

And here is Miss Green in a pensive pose after playing Perpetual Motion brilliantly.

15
Dec
09

children in time

I believe children are formed with a particle of God’s DNA embedded deep inside them. And when they are born they have more than physical reasons to cry out. I think it’s the experience of separation from the creator, mother/father God…the first of many separations to come. Happily, they are welcomed by loving persons (usually) who take up the slack and show the way.

Children are amazingly insightful. All we have to do is suspend our own educated understanding to see this. Their drawings, stories, prayers, dreams and hopeful trust in all that is unseen and untouchable, delight and inspire. They are the beginning and we are the end. Alpha and Omega. As a new member of the Omega club, I am blessed by this…blessed and renewed. Like glimmering candles in the dark, the prayers of children and their thoughts about God in particular, can be quite profound in terms of trust and unhindered belief in the mystery of the Divine—a quality I must work backward to achieve. These little prophets and oracles are God’s Grace.

This is what I hope will be the first of many postings in what I am calling children in time. If any of you have any bits of child wisdom and grace you’d like to share, please let me know. In the meantime, we’ll start with a poem written in 2007 by a little boy of  7 for his class assignment, using the acrostic format. His name is Liam Peachey,  now 9 years old, the son of a dear new friend of mine from my new church—the one that welcomes everyone…

Some children write to Santa at Christmas; some children write about Jesus for CHRISTmas.




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