Bird Droppings December 3, 2012
A new life coming
By Susan Thomas Underwood
The universe is energy in constant motion.
There are ebbs and flows;
Outcomes and income,
And change…… Always change.
The physical world reflects this motion
In the cycles of life,
There is spring and fall, winter and summer,
Birth and death; and rebirth…
Einstein proved that even time is relative
In his theory of relativity,
All is relative …. All is change
You can count on it.
Be then as the willow;
Learn to bend with the wind!
Always dream, though your dreams may change.
Always produce, though your product may change.
Always love, though your love may change.
Always live, though your life will change.
You can count on it!
Susan Thomas Underwood is a native Oklahoman, Shawnee, and author. I saw her book of thoughts, Walk with Spirit on Amazon.com and thought I might take a look. This was a rather interesting weekend for myself and my family. We celebrated a second birthday for our granddaughter, my youngest son and his wife moved in with us along with Charlie officially this past week, and tomorrow we are greeting our second grandchild as my middle son and his wife will be delivering a little girl. Add to this and two years ago roughly my middle son asked his girlfriend of over a year if she would marry him and she accepted and an anniversary is near for them. My nephew and his wife celebrate today their son’s second birthday and for an extended family so many blessings these past few days to remember and more to come. As I read this first entry in Underwood’s book I thought to my own existence these past sixty plus years and changes I have been through, as a son, parent, husband, father and now almost a second time grandfather.
“The beauty of the trees, the softness of the air, the fragrance of the grass, the summit of the mountain, the thunder of the sky, the rhythm of the sea, speaks to me. The faintness of the stars, the freshness of the morning, the dewdrop on the flower, speaks to me. The strength of the fire, the trail of the sun, and the life that never goes away, they speak to me and my heart soars.” Chief Dan George
Dan George I find myself using many times. Dan was a Salish chief from Canada and an accomplished actor later in his life. Some may remember him from Little Big Man or Outlaw Josie Wales. But he was too an eloquent speaker and poet. He often spoke of nature but also of the intertwining of life. He would speak of the roads we each travel and cross many times. I spent most of the past weekend watching, observing, holding and photographing my granddaughter and helping my wife get around after breaking her foot reaching for the phone. I was at the baker and texted her a picture of the grandbabies birthday cake and as she went to reach her phone twisted her leg and re-broke a bone in her foot. It is hard to recall a tiny newborn two years ago when each gesture and smile was first for her. I am so happy on how we as family responded and have encouraged her as she is learning daily. It seems even for a teacher watching my grandbaby learn daily I am amazed.
As a teacher being a grandparent becomes our teaching job number one, not so much to have her belief or think as I do but to provide pathways for her to walk and learn on her own. Our journeys in life are not always smooth going and it is being able to offer a hand when needed. I recall two years back watching my granddaughter and son as we went for blood work the bond that has been made in a few short hours is one of a lifetime. Watching her mother hold and talk softly whispering as she carefully touch’s her eyes, nose and cheeks is a bond that is impossible to break. During a brief moment or two I was peering through the lens of my camera as my granddaughter in a matter of seconds in her grandmother’s lap made a series of facial expressions almost as if she knew I have grandma wrapped around my ever so tiny finger now. As the orator and actor Dan George stated so many years ago, “they speak to me and my heart soars”.
A new week and another new grandbaby on the way it is all happening so fast. May peace be with you all in the coming days and may we all keep all in harm’s way on our hearts and on our minds and always give thanks namaste.
Wa de (Skee)