December 23, 2009

she'd rather walk me...

slowly
she pushed her cold silver walker ahead of her
~
she hadn't seen me
but
I was watching her
as
she shuffled her feet
~
her curly matted head looked cold to me
and
I wondered where her hat was
~
the glass doors slid open and the outside air caught our breaths
~
quickly
she was heading straight for the ramped handicapped parking area
covered in wet brown sludge
~
I got up right next to her and asked if someone was waiting for her
~
she said
yes
he's right there
yet
she tightly grabbed my arm
leaving her walker behind
while
telling me she'd rather walk with me
~
so I lead her down the ramp to the now open car door
while a man
~I'm assuming her 30 year old grandson~
came around to her other side
and
thanked me
~
she said
bless your heart honey
and
patted my hand
he said
have the happiest of holidays
~
I said
merry christmas
to you both
and
walked away thinking this is how I want to feel everyday
*


38 comments:

  1. A multi-gift ... to her, her grandson, and yourself. And now to us. Thank you.

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  2. Connection is what all of our hearts are looking for - see how good if feels when we find it, even in the simplest moments. You are a good, good lady, Miss Beth. Not just because you offered your arm to that other sweet heart but especially because you got so filled with love at performing such a simple act.
    I love you. May you really feel loved today...because you are.

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  3. You know how to spread the warmth of the Holiday Spirit; what a sweet post

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  4. That is a wonderful feeling and a sweet story to start my day....

    blessings,

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  5. now that is an absolutely wonderful way to feel if even for a quick moment...

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  6. What a wonderful story! It is amazing how doing small helpful things for others makes us feel better than anything!!! and amazingly those small kindnesses are better remembered than all of those big gifts from the store! Glad you had this opportunity to put on your wings!!!!!

    Merry Christmas Beth!!
    love you
    laura

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  7. Beautiful all around! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  8. random acts of kindness do that... lovely! p.s. what is that 'glass' thingy in the picture???

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  9. my heart felt full just reading this post. to me, this IS what life is all about - this moments of 'connectedness' even if they are simply fleeting ones. warmest wishes...

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  10. What a sweet and beautiful story!

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  11. that is a beautiful feeling

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  12. that makes me feel all warm inside.

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  13. She gave you a gift of grace by accepting your arm and walking with you. How beautiful! Yes, a feeling worth feeling each day.

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  14. Truly beautiful...merry Christmas to you, Beth.

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  15. little gestures yet unexpected blessings!

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  16. You are definitely the epitome of sweetness and light :)
    Merry Christmas!

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  17. Yep...that is the best. Now I feel all warm and yummy inside :)

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  18. beuatiful. you lifted me spirits this morning.

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  19. There truly is no other feeling like it!

    We have come across an elderly lady a few times since we've lived down here. We don't know her real name, she just calls herself our nanny. She was standing behind Bergen & Dylan at the grocery store one day and bought Dylan a candybar because she said he was such a kind little boy. Another time, we saw her walking across a parking lot, so we walked over to escort her, and she was telling us how much she loved us. She is just the sweetest, and it makes our day to see her out!

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  20. I'm commenting on two posts at once here...the ice fishing...its popular here to, though I could never feel its appeal. They often use heated huts though.
    And the second one, helping others does feel good doesn't it?
    Third comment.......I can't stand being around strangers, I'm way to shy & lousy at small talk!

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  21. thank
    you
    through
    misty
    eyes

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  22. mmmm helping others is the best feeling in the world. happy holidays.

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  23. we
    are the ones
    who make real life beautiful.

    nicely done, Beth!

    peace & love to you & yours!
    Chuck

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  24. now that warms a heart when you lend a hand....it just makes you warm all over ....xox

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  25. this is so touching...as always, you touch me with your words. merry christmas...have a wonderful holiday!

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  26. I have a heart for the elderly. I love your post.

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  27. you've certainly shared a part of you with another in the spirit of Christmas. wish more could be like you. have a great night.

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  28. Amen to that!!! Beautifully written, Beth! Merry Christmas!

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  29. Yes! Yes! Yes!! Well said Beth...well said!
    Merry Christmas and hugs
    SueAnn

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  30. Doing for others is always so rewarding. Love the image. Wishing you and yours all the best!!!

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  31. Your image took my breath away. Please tell me you'll feature it in your new Etsy shop next year as a Christmas card.

    And then I read your words. Oh, I do love you, my friend. I do love your precious, gentle heart.

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  32. Oh dearest Beth, Merry Christmas!

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  33. Hi Beth, I'm catching up on my reading after being out of town for a while-- What a lovely post to return to. It's a lovely gesture and shows your kind heart so beautifully.

    Thanks for a great year of beautiful photography, lovely writing and for sharing your heart and your family. It's been a real pleasure.

    Merry Christmas to you and yours!
    xo

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  34. Merriest of Christmases Beth and Family! Enjoy!

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  35. It's the giving that makes our hearts swell so, isn't it? Bless you.

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  36. Oh Beth these are the moments with a golden line arn't they? Love them too. What you give with your heart you'll get back in stunning ways.

    Thanks for sharing.

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  37. Oh Beth...this is why people are drawn to you, friends and strangers alike.
    You are a perfect expression of love.

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**I love reading the comments you leave, as they make me feel like we're sitting in my kitchen, having a cup of tea, discussing life and wondering where all the time has gone ...beth