Friday, December 7, 2007

An Unopened Gift

Have you ever watched kids
On a merry-go-round
Or listened to the rain
Slapping on the ground?
Ever followed a butterfly’s erratic flight
Or gazed at the sun into the fading night?
You better slow down,
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Do you run through each day
On the fly?
When you ask “How are you?”
Do you hear the reply?
When the day is done,
Do you lie in your bed
With the next hundred chores
Running through your head?
You’d better slow down,
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

Ever told your child,
We’ll do it tomorrow?
And in your haste,
Not see his sorrow?
Ever lost touch,
Let a good friendship die
Cause you never had time
To call and say “Hi”?
You’d better slow down,
Don’t dance so fast.
Time is short.
The music won’t last.

When you run so fast to get somewhere
You miss half the fun of getting there.
When you worry and hurry through your day,
It is like an unopened gift….
Thrown away.
Life is not a race.
Do take it slower.
Hear the music
Before the song is over.

-written by a young girl with cancer

Sunday, December 2, 2007

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year



It's that time of year again! I LOVE Christmas in Ohio. Our family went to a Christmas parade last night. A real, live Christmas parade on Main Street! There were 130 horse drawn carriages, all done up with lights, and we all huddled close, sipping hot chocolate, as we took in the magic. A definite new family tradition! Our tree is decorated, a bowl full of cinnamon pinecones graces our entryway, and cheerful little Santa's are strewn throughout the house. I love sitting by the tree at night reading stories to my daughters. My soul is twinkling as I try and savor every moment.