The park bench was deserted as I sat down to read beneath the long, straggly
branches of an old willow tree.
Disillusioned by life with good reason to frown, for the world was intent on
dragging me down.
And if that weren't enough to ruin my day, a young boy out of breath approached
me, all tired from play.
He stood right before me with his head tilted down and said with great
excitement, "Look at what I found."
In his hand was a flower, and what a pitiful sight, with its petals all worn-not
enough rain, or too little light.
Wanting him to take his dead flower and go off to play, I faked a small smile
and then shifted away.
But instead of retreating he sat by my side and placed the flower to his nose
and declared with overacted surprise,
"It sure smells pretty and it's beautiful, too.
That's why I picked it; here, it's for you."
The weed before me was dying or dead.
Not vibrant of colors, orange, yellow or red.
But I knew I must take it, or he might never leave.
So I reached for the flower, and replied, "Just what I need."
But instead of him placing the flower in my hand, he held it midair without
reason or plan.
It was then that I noticed for the very first time that weed-toting boy could
not see; he was blind.
I heard my voice quiver, tears shone like the sun as I thanked him for picking
the very best one.
You're welcome," he smiled, and then ran off to play, unaware of the impact he'd
had on my day.
I sat there and wondered how he managed to see a self-pitying woman beneath an
old willow tree.
How did he know of my self-indulged plight?
Perhaps from his heart, he'd been blessed with true sight.
Through the eyes of a blind child, at last I could see the problem was not with
the world; the problem was me.
And for all of those times I myself had been blind, I vowed to see the beauty in
life, and appreciate every second that's mine.
And then I held that wilted flower up to my nose and breathed in the fragrance
of a beautiful rose.
Sue Divine "Even Kings and Emperors with heaps of wealth and vast dominion
cannot compare with an ant filled with the love of God."