Whatever Else ...

Whatever else my husband has done with his life, he has made sure that his children have a mother with the luxery of time to spend on life. How very sad that those mothers in the article were on such tight focused schedules that they lost sight of the prize, perhaps even lost awareness of what the prize should be. Of what it could be. When my husband sighs that he has little actual knowledge of what we do during the day, or when he thinks that maybe he isn't the best father in the world, he should remember this: his children actually see things around them, and its no accident.

He has created a lifestyle for us that means if we had been in that station ... we would have been the distracted Mommy corralling four small children as they all tried to get as close as possible to the violin, and tried to each get their hands on change to toss, and mentally counted the money in the case, and maybe danced a little, and applauded outrageously at the end, and told the musician thank-you, and asked to touch the fiddle, and asked if he knew any CharlieDanial's music, and spent the rest of the day explaining to me that all they needed to start a band was an instrument and then they too could play in the subway station and earn a living!

Not that we have many world-class-street-musicians here, but there are things going on around ALL of us everywhere all the time. Seeing is natural, but observing and appreciating is a skill. Perhaps even an art. A learned art, possible only where there is the opportunity to pursue it. And my husband has given his children that opportunity. I try not to waste it.

Hat-tip: King Of Fools

Waves

Yup I thought that article was really, really good. Liked the title a lot too. Makes you think

Danielle | 04/11/2007 - 10:56 PM

The article was very well written, but reading it showed me much more than just an interesting read...something about it touched (pierced?) my soul and I'm still processing what exactly it is.

There are obvious lessons it teaches about the speed of life, etc. but there is also something much deeper there.

King of Fools | 04/12/2007 - 02:46 PM

Deeper things like ... the way people ignore God? And then justify it by saying they were busy? Or blame him for not being more noticable?

Because, yeah. I found it fundamentally disturbing. What is it about people that makes it ok for them to ignore others?

And if you think about it, if indifference is the opposite of love, and if God is Love, then what the article described is a group of people so far from God-like in their everyday being that they are miserably lost and completely unaware of that fact. I wondered if any of them saw the story of the Good Samaritan (which is really about paying attention to others)acted out negatively in their own actions.

Do they know even now that they missed something more than some great free music? Or do they continue with "Oh, well. At least I was on time." I wonder if they understand that the mistake was not in failing to recognize a famous guy, but the mistake was in failing to recognize the passion and beauty that made him famous.

Lucy | 04/13/2007 - 03:47 AM

Matthew 18:
"2He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3And he said: "I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven."

The next verse is the one that moved my husband to adopt our special needs children:

5"And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."

I posted on this article also.

Earth Girl | 04/14/2007 - 05:04 PM
 
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