Monday, September 30, 2013

In My Life

Though my life may seem small, short, and ordinary, I’ve seen things.

Irrational things.  Miraculous things.  Extraordinary things. 

Things that I didn’t want to see.  Things that I wish I hadn’t seen.

Things that I’m glad I saw.  Things that changed me.

I’ve seen a light in the sky that was not a star, a plane, the moon, the sun, or a planet.  It was a spotlight shone down for a few seconds, then gone.  A heavenly light switch flipped on, then off.

I’ve seen black smoke fill a house.

I’ve seen a face soften with one word, one tear, one small action.

I’ve seen a living thing die.  Our dog the day we decided to put her down instead of live the rest of her days with no treatment for her illness.



I’ve seen wounds heal over time, physical and emotional.

I’ve seen a crime happen.  A man who, while perusing the music selections in the store that I helped manage, slipped a Samantha Foxx CD out of its case and into the front of his pants so quickly that I almost doubted my own eyes.  He got away with Ms. Foxx.

I’ve seen a man gasp for breath on his next-to-last day on earth.

I’ve seen joy.  The face of my daughter on her birthday.  The smile of my son as I give him the go ahead to meet his friends.



I’ve seen injury.

I’ve seen violence.  A man punch another man in anger; siblings pull hair and pinch each other to tears.

I’ve seen love.

I’ve seen fear.



I’ve seen all of these things and more.  They are not destinations.  They are not goals.  They are things that happened, things that I just happened to catch while living this life.

You’ve probably seen them, too.

16 comments:

  1. I loved this post - very poetic! That is one adorable dog, too.

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    1. Thanks! She was very cute. And little. Not so good for a family with young children, but whatever. We liked her.

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  2. What a terrific post, Andrea! Love the perspective from your eyes.

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    1. Thank you! Sometimes I feel like I look for big things and miss the little ones that fill my days. I need to be reminded to open my eyes wider every day.

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    1. Thank you so much! I'm so glad you are here. xoxo

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  4. We see so many things in this life, don't we? It is interesting to look back on it all.

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    1. It is. I love thinking about ordinary things that, when combined, make up an extraordinary life.

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  5. The little things, not the big events, are what life is made of. Thank you for giving us a brief peak into yours.

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    1. You are exactly right. Big events are easy to remember, but don't happen often enough. The little things are what really gets us through each day.

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  6. Beautiful. Little moments all strung together. Love it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I like that idea of little moments strung together - a great image. :)

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  7. It's amazing, the human experience, how it is such a mix of joy and pain, dark and light. The cycle of life. This such a beautiful description through your eyes. Thank you for sharing this.

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    1. Thank you so much Stevie! I appreciate your kind words. I am sometimes guilty of glossing over the details, when of course they are what makes life unique. That's where this post came from.

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  8. I love this. It makes me think of the things I've seen, too. Also, I ADORE that rollercoaster picture.

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    1. Thanks Greta! Every moment has a place in each one of our lives, and they deserve recognition for making us who we are.

      It is a fun picture, isn't it?

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