A new life

Bird Droppings December 6, 2010
A new life

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 very special weekend for me and my family. We welcomed a grandbaby, my youngest son and his wife received into their blessings Charlotte June Bird on Thursday December 2 around 4:30PM Central. My middle son asked his girlfriend of over a year if she would marry him and she accepted and wedding plans are under way. My nephew and his wife received a special blessing in the birth of their son. As an extended family we received so many blessings these past few days. 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 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 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. Of the roads we each travel and cross many times. I spent most of the past weekend watching, observing, holding and photographing my new grand daughter. Each gesture and smile was a first for her. How we as family respond and encourage her will be how she continues to respond.
As a teacher being a grand parent becomes 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. Watching my grand daughter 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 lense of my camera as my grand daughter 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 a new grandbaby it is all happening so fast. May peace be with you all in the coming days and may we all keep all in harms way on our hearts and on our minds.

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