Thursday, September 1, 2011

C-zing the Day

As I watched my kids eat
their breakfasts this morning,
this first day of a new school
year morning, it all came 
back to me.  The teen angst
of new teachers, new schedules
and the pressure to fit in.

And the courage it takes to
walk out the door on that
first day.

Life takes courage.

Not just for the big dragon
slayers ~ military, police,
fire fighters {thank God
for them} ~ but also those
who slay life's smaller
dragons....fearful little 
critters such as

the unknown

In the grocery, as I loaded
up my cart with nourishing
foods, I thought of my friend
Kathleen and her new, never-
the-same-life after cancer ~
cooking more nutritiously,
exercising faithfully,
staying positive ~
not just because it's good for 
her, but because her very life
depends on it.

At my doctor's appointment,
I considered my quite young
{and very serious} doctor,
as he quietly entered the exam
room.  Does he take a deep
breath or say a little prayer
before the door opens to an
expectant face and the 
diagnosing that awaits him?

Dragon-slayers come in many 
guises, like the elderly lady I saw 
at the craft store parking lot,
walking slowly, slowly, slowly 
to the shop door with the aid of 
her cane.  It was raining.
{What compelled her to come
 here, today?  Yarn?  Paint?}
  I loved her baseball cap, 
sporting the Viking's team logo.
She was plucky in her own way.

The TV brought more food
for thought.  All those people
digging out from Hurricane 
Irene or the wildfires that rage
through Oklahoma and Texas.
Property ruined.
Lives upended.

Chopping peaches and
tomatoes for salsa, I looked
out the window at my little
garden, my thoughts drifting to
my blogging friend Jane, trying
to be present in her day to day
life with three young children,
while mourning the recent 
loss of her dear dad.

The phone jolted me back 
to my own life....My hubby on the
 end of the line....the hard worker
whose job often takes him
from us ~ sterile hotel room,
eating dinner alone tonight, 
instead of chicken and peach
salsa here with his family.

Dragon-slayers, all.

And yes, this mama, too, 
putting her kids on the bus,  
taking the snap-shot, waving 
the bus away.  A tiny part of her
bereft, knowing this part of
the journey will be gone in
a flash.

Promise me you'll always 
remember:  You're braver
than you believe, and stronger
than you seem, and smarter
than you think.

~ Christopher Robin to Pooh
{Author A. A. Milne}


all photos:  by me


cityfarmer said...

I DO miss those school bus days

Jenny Schouten Short said...

Nice thoughts, Suzanne. I will ponder them today, something I needed. xo Jenny

Felicity said...

Hooray for you!

Hooray for everyone who has a mountain to climb, no hands to hold, but the persistence to keep going.

Hooray for those who reach out a helping hand when they see someone climbing that mountain - large or small, real or imagined!

Hooray for everyone who makes the path easier!

Hooray for music to make the journey brighter and sunshine to make the dark times lighter!

Hooray for friends & hooray for everyday courage.

Most of all - hooray for you Suzanne!

xx Felicity

Marie said...

Life is hard. But it's also gloriously happy. I wouldn't change a thing about mine. It helped to shape me into who I am. Love and hugs to you. Another beautiful post! My page is fixed now, thank goodness!! xxoo

Lydia @ Twelve said...

Utterly beautiful words, very moving & thought provoking - they will be framing my day today.



Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

I am crying at this moment.

You are one hell of a writer....excuse me, I never say that, but you can write circles around me and WOW woman, you are WONDERFUL. OK, now I have to go blow my nose!!!!!


Cheryl said...

Thank you for that...powerful words, especially the Pooh quote.

Beth said...

Your first image has a quote that I think I must use at least once a day and the last quote is one of my all time favourites.
Oh, and I loved all the words inbetween too!

Biz said...

Oh Suzanne,

You know how to make me stop and think with each post.
You are so right in saying that courage comes in all shapes and sizes and I love that you saw courage in even an elderly lady going to the craft store. For all we know she's going to knit a blanket for a friend who just received news that requires courage to make it through.
The best part of all of it is that when we are weak...HE is strong!

Sending Love & Hugs your way Girlie!

P.S. Your daughter's smile is contagious
P.S.S. I had to rush to iTunes this morning to purchase the Allie Moss album b/c hearing Corner on your blog this morning gave me warm fuzzies and I desired more of those warm fuzzies ;)

Joanna said...

LOVIN' that quote! Super post and perfect photographs too.


Morning T said...

Always love the way you see things Suzanne! Here's to the new school year and our courageous kiddos making the most of it.

Happy Friday my friend.

Farmgirl Paints said...

oh girlie you always manage to bring a tear to my eye...geesh! i love the way you express yourself. i think saying goodbye to you and my dear Minnesota was the most courage of all. how did i do that?? miss you so!

Emily Maxson said...

What a beautiful portrait of courage. You are so right about how it comes in so many forms. Thank you for the inspiration today!


michele said...

so beautiful, suzanne. we don't discuss courage as often as we should. just yesterday i attempted to build up a close friend, encouraging her to continue on with courage. a lot of parents forget to stress this character trait with their kids too, but you're right. every day requires a measure of courage, and thank goodness we're not alone and have a source for it at all times. and thank goodness there are brave souls like you who put themselves out there with the courage to speak truth.


pollydove said...

Sweet post .... that last quote has me tearing up. My 16 year old had a total melt down last night, that actually resumed this morning at 6 am. New school, new teachers, harder classes, no friends - big tears, big sobs (actually). I let her go back to bed. We will need to deal with all the angst of that later in the day. I will share Christopher Robin's advice with her! xoxo

Whosyergurl said...

Thank you for reminding us to consider.
It truly does take a lot of courage for each and every day.
It takes courage for me to step into the chicken pen and face those mean roosters and courage to take my little dog out to potty and not be a-feared of every little sound. :-)
xo, Cheryl

Happy Homemaker UK said...

'Dragon slayor' - I'm going to tell my son he is one for going into Middle School thank you for giving me the words. Off to check on our friend, Jane. Have a great weekend!

Jemsmom said...

You have the most absolutely amazing gift with words. You always manage to touch my soul and normally move me to tears! This is just brilliant! Thank you for being you and sharing such wonderful thoughts!

Amanda said...

You and Christopher Robin - both very wise! xx

A Rosy Note said...

The way you weave your thoughts and writing together is so wonderful, Suzanne. I love your posts, they give me lots to think about.

My son will be back to school on Tuesday to start his last year of elementary school...I'm feeling pretty sad about that.

Terra said...

If there were awards for great blog posts, I would nominate this post of yours. It is perfect and I needed to read it today; the Christopher Robin quote is darling.

Mona Thompson Providence Ltd. said...

A beautiful post Suzanne. Yes, I'm in agreement with you that it seems to take more and more courage to just live each day right now. Have a great weekend with your wonderful family. Mona

Amy Arnaz said...

"....back to the days of Christoper Robin and Pooh."
xoxo Amy

Jane said...

Oh, Sweetheart. Your kindness and compassion floors me. Yet again. You have lifted my spirits as I confront another first - it's Fathers' Day here in Australia today. Such an eloquent and thoughtful post. You are such a treasure. J x

Anonymous said...

Your writing is so beautiful it brings tears.
Thank you so much for the loving hug you sent to me, Suzanne.
Sending one back to you...
~ Zuzu

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Suzanne, your posts are always thought provoking. Hope back to school went well. We start tomorrow. Everyone is in bed and I'm about to head that way too. Loved your post on Smiles! Hope your day is great! Best wishes, Tammy

Lili said...

Suzanne, you always teach us so much from your observations of everyday life. You're such a beautiful, kind and gentle soul. Love to you sweetie, ~Lili

Stuff and Nonsense said...

ah do the things we don't want to do but do them anyway because we must...and i do adore that quote from pooh...thanks for the encouragement.


A Vintage Chic said...

Oh, dear Suzanne...I just loved this post so much...every single word of it. Courage. It's really everywhere, isn't it? We don't hear much about it, though...that everyday, quiet kind of courage. Thank-you for illuminating it for us in your beautiful way...

I love your earlier post, as well. I'm QUITE a vintage girl, as you can call me girlie anytime!

Wishing you the loveliest of Labor Days, dear friend...enjoy every moment with your beautiful family, as I will with mine...

Julie, the Vintage Chic girlie!

quintessence said...

Wonderful thoughts, especially as I read this belatedly on Labor Day when we honor those workers who have struggled hard in the past and present to make our country safe, solvent and strong. As you say, so many layers of life require courage from the big moments to small - relevant and important reflections for us all!!

Kristin said...

BEAUTIFUL...and so much wisdom!

Love, Kristin

Designs By Pinky said...

Beautiful post. Memories...... my kids are grown and gone.......

Teacup Moments said...

suzanne, i truly love this post. the words just grabbed me and i remembered how reading your posts just somehow uplift me, whatever mood i'm in. just wanted you to know, your blog is one of my most missed reading during the past month that i was missing in action!

Tiffini said...

how can pooh make one cry? I guess in my perfect world I would want my momma to whisper these words to me while tucking me in...
like in the movie the help when she told the little girl she cared for
you is smart
you is kind
you is important

i think that is what she said:)
love your heart here..really

Lisa said...

Suzanne, I just put my kids on the bus for their first day of school and was thinking about how it is to walk into a new classroom and start over at the beginning of every year. Small challenges that prepare them for the bigger ones that lie ahead. Praying that they have the courage to be themselves, to choose to do what is right and good as they grow and spread their wings.

Frizzy said...

You touched me so deeply with this post. Words cannot express my gratitude.


Yes, life does require so much courage. Glad we have each other.


Jeanie said...

This is such a beautiful post and yes, life and courage are tightly entwined. I see examples of courage every day -- the graciousness of my laid off colleague as she tells me where her files are, her contacts, and the things I need to know to do her work. She is strong. So many are so strong. Thanks for this lovely post.