Tuesday, November 13, 2007

The Queen of Hearts

My littlest angel dressed up as The Queen of Hearts for Halloween. After she did her make-up and fussed with her hair for about an hour, she reminded me that we still had to carve our pumpkins. She and I stood in the kitchen laughing, and carving, while we chatted about life. When my littlest angel drew the face on her pumpkin and began cutting, she decided that it was not turning out exactly the way that she wanted it to. I told her that sometimes, even when we plan things, the results might just turn out differently than what we had anticipated. Sometimes, we have our hearts so set on the "planning", that we then forget how to enjoy the ultimate outcome. We talked about finding joy both in the process and the final product. We discussed "letting go" , while being creative, because sometimes things turn out even better than what we originally had in mind.

When I stepped outside, this morning, I noticed that our little pumpkin had rotted into itself. It reminded me that another Halloween had come and gone. It reminded me that no matter how hard we try to control the outcome of things, we just can't. And so, I pulled out this picture of The Queen of Hearts and her pumpkin. It made me smile because I still had the memories of that day, and although the pumpkin may not have turned out exactly the way she had planned it would, it was perfect. Exactly what this pumpkin looked like is not something that will forever stick within our minds, but the joyful, relaxed time that we had while creating it, now that is something that will always remain. Once again The Queen of Hearts, stole my heart.

May you always remember to take pleasure in the journey, and never forget that it is not always the outcome that matters, but the moments that you enjoyed, while on your way.

4 comments:

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

What a lovely post. I can tell you are a generous and loving mom. Your girls will carry on the tradition and you will have populated the world with goodness.

Humble Origins said...

...Dear Debra, you so should write a book! Your writing style is just amazing! I love reading your posts... :o)

...And yes, as they always say, "the most important things in life are not things after all"... What a cute photo too!

...Thank you for sharing!

...Blessings... :o)

Debra W said...

Dear Lynne and TJ,

Thank you so much for your kind comments! They truly inspire me to continue writing, while trying to "invent" this site!

Lynne,

I am going to head over to your blog, because I can just tell that you are a really special lady!

TJ,

When I publish my first book, I am going to make sure that you get one of the first copies! Thank you for all of your sweet comments. You are such an inspiration.

Hugs,
Debbie

suburbancorrespondent said...

Trying not to be too jealous! Imagine, a teenage daughter who enjoys talking with you.

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