Tag Archives: love

A Prayer for the Animals

28 Oct

“Before you go, I wanted to tell you what happened last night,” she said. We had been together, but in separate vehicles, and it surprised me to hear her short trip home, no more than a few minutes further than mine, could have ended up eventful.

“We were driving home, and as we were approaching the high school, just before the church, I saw what looked like a huge piece of cardboard whip across the road. It was a deer, it had been struck by a car.”

“That’s how fast it spun,” she continued as I stood there, hand over mouth, “that it looked like it was flying through the air. Johnathan saw.”

Oh no,” I said. He’s a sensitive kid, and like all children, you feel a natural urge to shelter them from seeing animals in pain.

“He told me, ‘We need to go back, mom, and see if he’s okay’,” she continued. “I knew it would be bad, but I turned the car around. The deer was clearly dead.”

“Oh how sad,” I said. It surprised me she didn’t find a struggling creature, bloody, frozen and shocked. I have never (thank God) hit a deer or witnessed one meet its demise, so I don’t know what that’s like. I never want to.

“They must have been going very fast to have killed him so suddenly,” I added. It’s a village road, one you’re not supposed to speed on, but we all know how those things go.

“Well, as we sat there, across from the church, and I explained to Johnny that the deer was dead, he whispered, ‘We need to say a prayer, Mom.” Her eyes widened in the same way I can imagine they did at that moment, in the car, listening to her son ask to pray for a dead deer.

“So what could I do but begin praying?” She says, breathless now, still surprised at the entire incident.

“I watched him cross himself, in the rear view, and as I began to pray, he repeated after me.”

“Wow,” I said, amazed, and yet also proud and scared for my nephew, this boy whose heart pangs for all living things.

“You know, it goes to show, we really can only thank ourselves for how much he loves animals.”

“Oh, without a doubt,” I said. It was a sad story, but pretty much encompasses so much of our  childhood, growing up, sisters… side-by-side, in the back of a car, parked along so many nameless roads, waiting for our mother help an animal to safety.

I told her just yesterday, I need to write this down, this conversation, for so many reasons. Mainly, to help our own children make sense one day, of where we came from, and how our hearts ended up so big. I hope I did the moment justice.

See also:
The Perils of Pavement: A Lament for the Souls Lost to Summer

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More Secrets from Your Wedding Planner

21 Oct

vintage cake topper coupleIt’s easy to think of Jennifer Lopez’s role in The Wedding Planner when hearing about people who plan weddings. Here, planners and pros from across the country pull back the curtain on what it takes to make dreams come true on a couple’s big day.

The second the ring goes on the finger, commonsense goes out the door.

This is a full time job, but on the big day we are steaming the bridal gown, pinning boutonnieres, making sure that the timelines are being met, making sure there are no spots on the glasses or silverware, allowing gum to be spit out in our hands before the ceremony, dealing with any situations that arise, and the list goes on!

I feel like a therapist when I am forced to step in to help with family drama. My insight is to be polite and respectful. Often, meddlesome people just want to be heard out. Since I’m an independent third party, I’m able to bring neutrality to emotionally charged situations.

Sisters are tough to work with. Often the Maid of Honor takes her role very seriously and doesn’t trust my capabilities. I take it in stride but have sometimes been forced to take sisters aside. By the end of the night, we’re friends! Continue reading

Do You Remember Your First…

28 Sep

Ice Cream?

This adorable video captures kids first brush with ice cream. Love when the power of technology proves something to be thankful for!

Words on Wednesday: Above All, Love You

11 Jul

It’s been a long time since I posted a “Word on Wednesday” entry. Here is an inspirational image I designed last night for my sister.

Above All, Love You

Would love to know what you think.