Saturday, May 15, 2010

A rainy day trip to Dow Gardens last weekend

I love this place in May, tulips are everywhere! It is truly beautiful! My favorite part if the day was having my daughter with me and shooting her camera.

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mothers' Day Poem

A dear friend of mine sent this out a few weeks ago, and it spoke volumns to me...I hope Sondra doesn't mind my sharing it also.

The Mother

The young mother set her foot on the path of life. "Is this the long way?", she asked. And the guide said: "Yes and the way is hard". You will be old before you reach the end of it. But the end will be better than the beginning." But the young mother was happy and she would not believe that anything could be better than these years. So she played with her children, and gathered flowers for them along the way, and bathed them in the clear streams. The sun shone on them and the young Mother cried, "Nothing will ever be lovelier than this." Then the night came, and the storm, and the path was dark. The children shook with fear and cold and the mother drew them close. She covered them with her mantle, and the children said, "Mother, we are not afraid for you are near and no harm can come to us. The morning came and there was a hill ahead. The children climbed and grew weary and the mother was weary. But at all times she said to the children, "A little patience and we are there." So the children climbed, and when they reached the top they said, "Mother, we would not have made it without you." And the mother, when she lay down at night looked up at the stars and said, "This is a better day than the last, for my children have learned fortitude in the face of hardness. Yesterday, I gave them courage. Today, I have given them strength." And the next day came strange clouds which darkened the earth, clouds of war and hate and evil. The children groped and stumbled, and the mother said: "Look up. Lift your eyes to the light." And the children looked and saw above the clouds an everlasting glory, and it guided them beyond the darkness. And that night the Mother said, "This is the best day of all, for I have shown my children God." And the days went on, and the weeks and the months and the years, and the mother grew old and she was little and bent. But her children were tall and strong and walked with courage. And when the way was rough, they lifted her, for she was as light as a feather. At last they came to a hill and beyond they could see a shining road and the golden gates flung wide. And the mother said: "I have reached the end of my journey. And now I know the end is better than the beginning, for my children can walk alone, and their children after them." And the children said, "You will always walk with us, Mother, even when you have gone through the gates. And they stood and watched her as she went on alone, and the gates closed after her. And they said: "We cannot see her, but she is with us still. A Mother like ours is more than a memory. She is a living presence. Your Mother is always with you. She's the whisper of the leaves as you walk down the street. She's the smell of bleach in your freshly laundered socks. She's the cool hand on your brow when you are not well. Your Mother lives inside your laughter. She is crystallized in every tear drop. She is the place you came from, your first home, and she is the map you follow with every step you take. She is your first love and your first heartbreak, and nothing can ever separate you. Not time, not space....not even death.