Filtered by love

By Reade Brower | Mar 06, 2014

“Life is like a landscape. You live in the midst of it, but can describe it only from the vantage point of distance.” — Charles A. Lindbergh, aviator and author (1902-1974).

Parents are almost always diehard fans of their children and often boast and brag about this and about that. I am a parent, and I get that. It is a fine line when we share our children’s exploits with others but I don’t mind, I am always up for a story with a happy ending.

My eyes are much more likely to water when I see a child’s pride in their parent or a husband or wife swelling with pride about their mate. Recently, over the daily course of action, I witnessed two events that I will share and also suggest a “feel good video” for you to watch.

Businessman makes a fourth-grader cry

Is a headline with an ominous feel to it. Once you know the rest of the story, you’ll understand.

This first story starts when a daughter asks her dad to be “show and tell” to a fourth-grade classroom she helps out at. The dad, a local businessman, agrees and talks to the class about his military service and what it meant to him.

He has that “military presence” and his demand for respect pays dividends as the children listen intently as he speaks. I imagine one of the fidgety little boys, who is not paying the proper attention, is sent down to the floor to give him 10 push-ups. Another, with wandering eyes, is called to “Attention," and so it goes.

Then it is time for the show and tell to end and the military man asks the children if there are any questions.

One little girl’s question will stand out from the rest. She asks him; “what is the hardest thing about being in the military."

The man thinks deeply for several seconds and then carefully answers; “when you have to go to someone in your platoon’s home and tell his wife and children that their husband/father has been killed in action”.

He continues; “That’s got to be the hardest thing, dressed in military attire, looking into the eye of a woman and her children, and telling them the ‘news’.”

The man remembers an incident in his own career and reflects with emotion in his eyes and a little shake in his voice.

And now, the fourth-grade girl is crying.

I imagine there is a very deep and old soul in the body of this young girl.

The presentation moves on and more questions are asked, and answered.

On his way out the door, the man is handed a piece of paper by the little girl. It has some typos but its poignancy is not lost, it ends with; “thank you for your service to our country."

The note is special and the sentiment transcends from young girl to businessman.

And, in the back of the room stands a proud daughter.

It doesn’t get much better than that.

You make me a better man

Was my favorite Jack Nicholson line in “As Good As It Gets."

I feel fortunate to have a mate that not only loves me, but shows it. Constant kindness and a feeling that she is proud of me help me through each day and through any hard times that might come my way.

My second story is about a very sweet couple moment I saw last week.

It was open mic night at the local speakeasy and no one was stepping up to sing. So, without liquid courage, a wife gets up and decides to sing for the small crowd and her husband. She huddles with the guy on the guitar to decide on her number.

Her audition is well-received, but her humble nature downplays her abilities. But, her husband thinks otherwise and, to anyone within earshot, recalls her rendition of “Fire and Rain” with delight and fanfare.

As her husband recounts the story to me, the woman blushes and balks, giving her husband “the look." I nudge her and remind her that only two words should be coming out of her mouth.

She gets it.

“Thank you honey,” she says to her husband.

She whispers into my ear that out of the many different traits she loves about her partner, one of them is that he is tone deaf.

I think he hears what he hears, filtered by love.

“We must, however, acknowledge, as it seems to me, that man with all his noble qualities…still bears in his bodily frame the indelible stamp of his lowly origin.” — Charles Darwin, naturalist and author (1809-1882).

Planet of the Apes

This is a video worth watching. It is about five minutes but it is the sweet story of Jane Goodall and her good-bye, and good luck, to her ape friend.


Turn the Page. Peace out; Reade

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