Thursday, October 25, 2007
I believe in Angels.
I believe in beauty.
I believe in the spirit and energy of my fellow man.
I believe that we have angels who walk amongst us.
And if we are lucky, truly lucky, we see them, and appreciate our moments with them.
I believe angels come in all shapes and sizes, in all ages, in all colours, in all creeds. There is beauty all around us. And sometimes we just need a wee reminder of that fact when we can be caught up in moments which truly do not matter, and petty problems that can cause us to lose heart. Negative moments, actions, or inactions, which can seem to matterso greatly at the time, and which can cause momentary angst, but really does not weigh in, with the catachism of the soul.
I believe that angels can make your heart soar to the heavens, and remind and comfort your soul to know that there is greatness in everyone. And sometimes these Angels can lead you gently back to yourself and remind you of the beauty in your world in which you live.
You do not need to go on vacation to an exotic destination to experience the heavens, a great deal of the time it can be found through your own back door.
I believe miracles and beauty truly happen without fan fare. And sometimes, we are just too busy to see...
And then there are times when we can just stand in awe.
And be grateful...
A few weeks ago,my daughter, Scooter was going to a track meet. She, now ten, was preparing to run with a bunch of girls, she was going to have the sun on her face, and the wind to her back, on a beautiful fall day. It truly can not get better than that. A track meet with a great deal of the grade fives from my city... But as she was preparing, it brought out the notalgia in me.
It brought me back to my younger Scooter.
It brought me back to when Scooter was all of six years of age, and was going to her first track meet ever in the park. It was a perfect day for a run in the park. It was a perfect day to be six and to be running with your friends through the autumn leaves.
And when my wee gal lined up with all the girls and the starter pistol blared, my heart skipped with pride, as she darted through the pack. But then, Scooter saw a leaf fall from a heavens, a magnificent, beautiful, red, leaf, with a touch of green and yellow, and the way the sun hit the leaf, it caused my wee gal to stop in her tracks and watch the magnitude of it all, and when it landed she had to pick it up as such a gift from the heavens had to be shared. And off she ran to pick up the leaf, and as she did this, an old friend, or as old of a friend as you can have, when you are six years old, saw Scooter, and called her name from the side lines.
Scooter, who if anything, is a social butterfly ran over to her friend, embraced her,and gave her friend, the gift of the magical leaf. My husband could not believe his eyes, here all the children, were running around our daughter, as she caught up with her old friend.
"Scooter!' He cried,'Run!'
And Scooter heard her father's command, and explained to her friend that she 'had to go' and off she ran to catch the pack of running six/seven year olds.
And Scooter ran and ran... She caught up with the pack.
And when it came to the finish line a few friends called her back, and Scooter thought it would be only polite to let them in...
And to our utter astonishment, our daughter finished in the top twenty five, thereby sending our leaf collector, dreamer, social, polite, running, butterfly off to the finals.
We were, astonished to our daughter's placing in the race and were certainly delighted that she was going on to the next level.
And of course, we were there for the next race.
But this race was different, as the children were coached as to the importance of the day. How they were representing their school, how it was about how they finished, and what place they finished and if the motivational speech from the gym teacher was not enough, Chariots of Fire was blaring in the background.
And then they were off...
And to our surprise our daughter was at the front of the pack... Heading out along the beach on a glorious, blustery fall day with the sun shining brightly overhead.Our daughter was running and enjoying her moment.
And so BoyWonder and I ran to the finish line.
Every other child had crossed but no Scooter.
And then we saw her. A good ten minutes behind the last of the group.
Her arm around an old friend, her friend was crying, and Scooter was walking with her.
Helping her along the path.
It ends up that Scooter's friend, from a competing school, had fallen, trying to catch up to our Scooter.
And in the fall she called Scooter's name.
Scooter heard her, and ran back.
Scooter helped her friend up as the pack blast past them.
Scooter dusted her friend off.
And Scooter walked with her friend around the course, amd reassured her. Scooter and her friend walked through the sand, up the hill, as Chariots of Fire blared in the background and parents cheered on their runners.
Scooter's friend burst into tears at the finish line, and sobbed into her mother's arms.
'Mamma,' Scooter's friend cried 'I, I , I wahhh, waaaahhh, wasssss deeeeead laaaahhhhst.'
And Scooter went up to her friend and tried to give solace, and said 'No, you weren't Grace, I was.'
Such moments are gifts, such moments are so wonderful, such moments are just a bit of heaven found on a primary race course on a beautiful, blustery, fall day.