Monday, April 2, 2012

Happiness + A Blue Rose


Photo Challenge Submission

 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, other than by the prompting of the Holy Spirit. 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.


May I suggest, the next time you see a BLUE ROSE, whichever differences that person may have, don't turn your head and walk off. Take the time to smile and say Hello. Why? Because, by the grace of GOD, this mother or father could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew or any other family member. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family. Shared with me by Ron Hartz
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31 comments:

Ami said...

Sweet story. I had never read it before, but there is something in me that makes me stop and talk to the young men and women who work in Goodwill and are so friendly and so proud to have jobs.

They touch my leathery old heart in a way that nothing else does.

:)

Christina said...

Lovely Becky. I bet you are good at spotting and tending the Blue Roses.

Gigi said...

I've got tears in my coffee again! Very true words to remember

Formerly known as Frau said...

Great story and reminder..we are all God's children. Have a wonderful day!

Team Lando said...

Love it. As always.

Dina @ 4 Lettre Words said...

So, so adorable!

Ruthie said...

Love this!!!

Jess said...

Thanks for the morning tears! ;) Beautiful image, beautiful story. Thank you, thank you.

Rebekah said...

beautiful! look at those eyes!!!

Niki said...

Love this! So cute!

Ali said...

That story just made my day, so beautiful. Reminds me to stop and small the roses-all of them! Beautiful photo!

Cassi Brightforest said...

Great post and picture

Kelly said...

Love this!! Such a cute photo!

Maddy said...

What a great story and reminder! Next time I see a Blue Rose, I will appreciate its beauty :)

Kristin said...

love this story!! and such a wonderful capture!! i just love this post!! :)

Amanda Heath said...

Love her expression and the sharpness of the photo!

Michele Q said...

love her expression!

Genie said...

A precious picture of a beautiful title girl sporting PINK, and a wonderful and touching story of a boy sporting BLUE. You have captured such happiness in this portrait. genie

Mominin said...

Thank you for sharing such a touching story. Your photo is very happy!!

Jackie said...

Wonderful story and sweet picture! Thank you for sharing!

AC said...

what a lovely picture, followed by a lovelier story ;)

Dawn said...

I'm visiting from I heart faces. Lovely photo and a great story. I'm sharing with my friends.

Tifani said...

Your picture made me smile, and your story warmed my heart. Thank you so much for sharing both. My oldest daughter is a dandelion, too. She never lets a blue rose pass her by, and I adore her for that. She is featured in my post for I Heart Faces, too.

Jason W. Cline said...

Very nice capture! What big eyes!

Shan_nxoxo said...

So Sweet! Love!

Jessica Deane said...

HOW CUTE!!

Teresa said...

Sweet picture and ever sweeter story. Thank you for sharing and spreading your thoughts on the importance of recognizing the blue roses.

Christine said...

Such a sweet photo and I loved the story!

Helen said...

What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing. Totally open my eyes and heart. God bless you!

Sharon said...

Becky, seriously????!!! This image is amazing, wonderful, full of joy and wonder, and I just LOVE it! It definitely stood out to me and I didn't even know when I clicked the picture it would bring me to YOUR blog! Well done for sure. Wow.

GraceSauve {Photography} said...

love it! what a great picture! her expression is awesome! :)