Saturday, October 11, 2008

Stopping to Smell the Roses



The other day I lost track of Peter. I announced, "Anybody have a visual on Peter?" Then someone noticed the back slider opened. Peter was outside smelling the flowers. He picked a few and ran them back to us. We were busy inside with dinner and setting the table. I thought about this later on that night and realized there was a lesson he was trying to teach us. Don't be too busy with life. Stop and smell the flowers. Here's this little cutie battling cancer. He had just received a dose of chemo the day before this picture was taken. I guess he walked by the window and noticed the flowers highlighted by the sunset and went out on his own to check them out. When we found him we all stopped and watched. He had everybody take a whiff. We were all delighted. The flowers were our center piece for dinner that night. Take time to enjoy the moment. Thanks for that lesson Peter.

7 comments:

carmen said...

A good lesson for all of us. Love your life and live in the moment. Appreciate the little things. I remember once hearing a story on Oprah about a little girl whose mom had cancer,and the family had made all of these fantasic plans: a cruise, a trip to Disney World, etc. so that they could have some good memories once their mom was gone. When she was asked what memory was her favorite, the daughter replied that it was once when her mom was going downstairs in the middle of the night for a bowl of cheerios and invited her to come along. They talked and laughed and shared some good one on one time together. In our house we call those Cheerios Moments, and we try to realize that they happen everyday, you just have to be looking for them and open to them, and enjoy them when they happen. I love reading your blog, Nola. It usually makes me laugh through my tears, which some say is the best emotion of all!! I love you.

Nola said...

Thanks for that comment Carmen! I loved the Cheerios Moment story. You're so right about that. They happen every day.

Ms. Kristen said...

AHHHH! That made me cry! Did Peter decide he was going to have this illness? I wonder if we all pulled a slip of paper out of a jar in the pre earth life..to determine what trial we will have? Hmmmmm?

Becky said...

Hey Nola! It's so good to catch up with your family! Here's a link to my blog so you can catch up with me... www.beckysbusyboys.blogspot.com

We are in Georgia, but I really miss Cali. Hopefully, we'll get back there someday. I'm in the hospital right now waiting to have my 4th..but my first girl. We are so excited, but I'm really anxious and impatient to meet her.

Take care and hopefully we can keep in touch!

Becky (Baumgarten)

Purcell's Party said...

What a simple sweet lesson! What a doll. I am going to live in the moment and smell the flowers with K tomorrow. So adorable! Love your family!!

gina lee ~ said...

he is as cute as ever...That is great you have a blog going... I will check back often.. Thanks for sharing your story with us....
~g

Laura & Rob James said...

I love this story. If it is okay with you I would like to pass it along to some of my Camp Hobe pals. The picture is perfect to go with it!! Love you guys. Wish I could be there to help out more. I really feel like a loser some times. Totally going to miss you all during the Holidays.