Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Frangipani

Bad stuff happens. When I was a child, I would turn, in tears, to my parents for explanations. Life isn't fair, Dad would snap -- then bow his head to hide his emotions. Mom would simply purse her lips. Even they couldn't protect us from harsh realities, but they kept on keeping on. Together. Years later, I learned they would sometimes hold one another and cry themselves to sleep. In private. But in public -- even in family -- they seemed indomitable. They were our own personal blend of regional art and literature: "American Gothic" and "Portraits (sic) in Courage." Our parents.
Bad stuff still happens. Mom and Dad are gone now, so I am even more grateful for faith, family and friends. I am grateful, too, for the prayer and cyberspace that connect us. (Yes, it's a frustrating connection, but dial-up from Kenya is better than none!) I remember an old friend's remark, "Life works, if we just remember to take turns needing." It is hard to take turns in the midst of poverty, but I witness it every day. And I give thanks for new friends who, by example, ever-so-kindly remind me to notice. To -- as Dad would have said and Mom would have nodded -- "wake up and smell the roses."
Or, more accurately, the frangipani. It is heavenly here. So are you, Robin and Zach, Finley and Elizabeth. Asante sana for "frangipana." (Pole/Sorry. I'm ever the corny Midwesterner.)

3 comments:

Kristin said...

I am very glad that at least you have the frangipana. Knowing that there are people like you out there is my frangipana. xxK

Kim said...

I love the quote, "Life works, if we just remember to take turns needing." Perfect. Kim

Nancy Rowe said...

It is a perfect quote...."Life works, if we just remember to take turns needing." God bless you Dianne. Incidentally my email is:
ndrowes@yahoo.com. Thanks for the sweet note with our precious orphan notes. May the Lord give you lots to laugh about today.....a great big, belly laugh type!!! God bless, from your WI new friend.