Monday, April 19, 2010

A Wise Pig



Today, I listened as a harried mother described the craziness of her last week. At one point, she described a task that I know was initially intended to be fun, as one more thing to check off her list.

Tonight, as I sat reading Poppleton in Spring, one of many tales of about our favorite literary pig, created by our current favorite author, Cynthia Rylant, I wished that this mom was reading with me too.

In the story, much to his friends chagrin, Poppleton decides to spend the night in a tent in his backyard.

The best part of the story reads,

"He carried all of his quilts out to the tent. He had a flashlight and a pillow and some good books. And long after everyone else was asleep, Poppleton was still up. Sometimes he was reading. Sometimes he was thinking. And sometimes he was just paying attention. Poppleton loved spring at night. In the morning, he went back into his house. He had a cup of cocoa and some buttered toast. Then he went to find Cherry Sue. He showed her the new flower that had opened up while she was sleeping and he was paying attention."

I hope that we can remember sometimes in these harried days, to "just pay attention." Imagine all the new flowers we might see.

6 Comments:

At April 22, 2010 at 8:20 AM , Blogger Ginny Gill said...

well put dear friend

 
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At April 26, 2010 at 8:00 AM , Blogger dlg said...

I'm reading this lovely book by Barbara Brown Taylor called "An Altar in the World." Not coincidentally, the chapter I finished last night was called "The Practice of Paying Attention", and among the pages of insightful stories was this quote from a character in "The Color Purple": "I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don't notice it." Thanks for reinforcing the message, Stacey!

 
At May 6, 2010 at 6:56 AM , Blogger 珮均 said...

我們不是因為快樂而歌唱,而是唱歌使我們快樂..............................

 
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At May 22, 2010 at 6:39 PM , Blogger 嘉麟 said...

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