Apr 14 1 Comment

To be rekindled and to rekindle

At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.

Albert Schweitzer said that, and I recently read it on a blog I frequently read, ordinary courage. I like the quote because my light goes out from time to time. And then somebody comes along and adds a small spark to my dying flame, and, swoosh, I am aflame again.

There are many such people in my life. I can’t even start mentioning all of them, because there are so many, and knowing me, I will leave some out.

My kids are my biggest source of light. They rekindle me. To be fair, I have to admit that there are times they blow my fire right out too. Here we are getting lots of sparks on the beach.

My kids rekindle me all the time. Today, as I rushed off with Elise to a sleepover I felt a bit like a chewed toy. I was in my sweats, my hair had seen better days. I had not showered and I had worked out. I had made breakfast for five teens, and I had not slept much last night. The house looked like tornado Olga had hit it. There was no more milk in the house and I could not stop thinking of unpaid bills.

“You look so pretty in red lipstick,” said Elise. It was all I needed to hear to feel better. She did not point out the obvious, like the fact that I had worn the same sweats for a few days or that the car looked like somebody had used it to live in. She just said something really nice.

Albert S encourages us to think with gratitude of those who have lighted the flame in us. I agree. But I would like to add: Think about somebody who needs their flame rekindled today and be the spark that they need!



1 Comment

  • Rick says:

    Oddny, you’re one of my favorite people – and you look good in whatever! Your daughters are blessed to have you as a mom and Steve is out-of-this-world blessed to have stumbled onto you all those years ago! Blessings!