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"Life is lived forward, but understood backward. It is not until we are down the road and we stand on the mountain looking back through the valley that we can appreciate the terrain God has allowed us to scale.” Jill Savage

Sunday, August 05, 2012

Sundays Gift to you






For Today A Blue Rose
Having four visiting family members, my wife was very busy,
So I offered to go to the store  for her to get some needed items
Which included light bulbs,  paper towels, trash bags, detergent and Clorox.
So off  I  went.


I scurried around the store, gathered up my goodies and  headed for the checkout counter,
Only to be blocked in the narrow aisle by a young man who appeared to be about sixteen-years-old.
I wasn't in a hurry, so I patiently waited for the boy to realize that I was there.
This was when he waved his hands excitedly in the air and declared in a loud voice,
"Mommy, I'm over here."


It was obvious now, he was mentally challenged  and also startled as he turned
And saw me standing so close to him, waiting to squeeze by.
His eyes widened and surprise exploded on his face as I said,
"Hey Buddy, what's your name?"


"My name is Denny and I'm shopping with my mother," he responded proudly.


"Wow," I said, "that's a cool name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Steve."


"Steve, like  Stevarino?" he asked. "Yes," I answered. "How old are you Denny?"


"How old am I now, Mommy?" he asked his mother as she slowly came over from the next aisle.


"You're fifteen-years-old  Denny; now be a good boy and let the man pass by."


I acknowledged her and continued to talk to Denny for several more minutes about summer, bicycles
And school. I watched his brown eyes dance with excitement, because he was the center of someone's attention.
He then abruptly turned and headed toward the toy section.


Denny's mom had a puzzled look on her face and thanked me for taking the time to talk with her son.
She told me that most people wouldn't even look at him, much less talk to him.


I told her that it was my pleasure; and then I said something I have no idea where it came from,
I told her that there are plenty of red, yellow,
And Pink Roses in God's Garden; however, "Blue Roses" are very rare and should be appreciated for their beauty
And distinctiveness. You see,  Denny is a Blue  Rose and if someone doesn't stop and smell that rose with their heart
And touch that rose with their kindness, then they've missed a blessing from God.


She was silent for a second, then with a tear in her eye she asked, "Who are you?"
Without thinking I said, "Oh, I'm probably just a dandelion, but I sure love living in God's garden."


She reached out, squeezed my hand and said, "God bless you!" and then I had tears in my eyes.





THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - 

Thank you Calamity Jane!

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43 comments:

mybabyjohn/Delores said...

"A dandelion in God's Garden....." I love that so much.

Granny Annie said...

Sweet story:)

A Quiet Corner said...

Yesterday, when I was out running errands, I chatted with a "blue rose" myself, Sandie. His Mom was totally surprised...she was about 70 and he...I'd say 40's!...:)JP

Sandra said...

beautiful. yesterday while waiting in line at the cashier, i saw a magazine with a beautiful photo of a downs syndrome baby, she is a model and the photos was gorgeous. made me happy to see it

Shelly said...

Beautiful!

Miss Debbie said...

I think there are probably a lot of us dandelions in God's garden, but thankfully, He loves us anyway and provided a way for us to be planted there!

andy said...

Happy sunday! !!!!

Jo said...

Enjoyed reading,we should all stop and enjoy God's Blue Roses!!

Jill said...

Thank you, my friend. A gift to those that take the time to really think about this. I love my 2 blue roses.

Knitty said...

My eyes are leaking now. That was a very nice story to share.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

This was a big awwwww!! I love this! Sweet Sunday to you! Hugs, Linda

TexWisGirl said...

love that. thank you.

Jeanie said...

A beautiful story and a good lesson for us all.

Beth said...

I love the thought for the day. Life certainly is fragile/1

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

I love the story especially since I have a granddaughter that is handicapped and she is very special. A blue rose for sure. We've all been blessed to have her in our lives. Life is so fragile. Handle with care! Hope you have a wonderful Sunday!

Susannah said...

Such a heartfelt post today on the Lord's Day. I loved it.

Buttercup said...

What a great story. Call me dandelion for today. Otherwise, I'm just a little buttercup. Have a sweet Sunday!

TARYTERRE said...

Aprreciated the story of the BLUE ROSE. My husband's brother is developmentally challenged.

EM Illustrator said...

Lovely post! Have a lovely day my friend!
Big hugs x

Pondside said...

Thanks for that. You always start my day off with a smile and something to think about.

Granny-Guru said...

What a beautiful story. You lit up a mother's heart.

BelovedBomber said...

I often end up with a tear in my eye as I read your blog. Sometimes because I laugh hard and sometimes because I am touched by the story. Thanks

Belle said...

What a lovely story. We should all take time to talk with those around us if they seem open to it.

Thisisme. said...

Beautiful beautiful post, Sandie! We must all stop and talk to those blue roses!! Wishing you a blessed Sunday my friend.

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Awesome!!! xoxo ~ t.

jack69 said...

Ahhhhh shucks, how sweet. A great story. There are really folks like that who can spread love and flowers in a desert.
Good entry.

Love from PA, heading for NY in the morning.

Rob-bear said...

What a sweet story!

Grammy Goodwill said...

Now I have a tear in my eye. Thanks for reminding to stop and SMELL all the roses in God's garden.

Shug said...

I have read this story many times and each time I read it, my heart is touched....
Blessings..
shug

Pam :) said...

What a touching story. It pulled at my heart strings.
Thanks for sharing, Sandie.

Sunday blessings to you :)

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Happy Sunday
That is a very beautiful story!
love
tweedles

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

This is a beautiful story, Sandie, thanks for sharing!

Susan said...

OHhhhh, that was sweet, Sandie. There are many blue roses in the world. We just have to acknowledge them! Susan

Paula said...

My husband's youngest brother was a Blue Rose. He so appreciated any attention anyone gave him and was so proud of simple things such as a new hair cut.

Jim said...

Love your 'blue' story, Sandie. I carries a good message.
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Inger said...

My sister was a blue rose, disabled by a severe form of Down's syndrome, yet there was a light that shone within her and made everyone around her fill with love. Thank you for this beautiful story and reminder that we need to pay attention to all God's children.

Barb said...

Precious story, Sandie, one I hope we all remember. Hugs, love & prayers too.

Dolores said...

I love this story.....so sweet. We need to always remember the blue roses.

BlueShell said...

I was moved...that bis a nice , story: it is a blessing to live among roses...and Blue roses are rare but they are God's work.

Thank you dear!

Isabel

SweetMarie said...

This story gave me tears. It doesn't take much to make a world of difference in a person's life. If we would all reach out in our own way we can all make a difference for the better. thanks so much for sharing. Love,
Marie

SquirrelQueen said...

That was beautiful Sandie, thank you for sharing it.
Hope you had a great Sunday!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

What a precious story ... and sweet reminder to slow down and look for those blue roses.

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness. This dandelion is has tears in her eyes now. This was wonderful and SO TRUE.