Friday, March 20, 2009

Hopeful Friday.....


Welcome to Hopeful Friday, hosted by my friend Cielo, at http://houseinroses.blogspot.com/ This is a post dedicated to positive thoughts and inspirational messages. A place to celebrate God! Thank you Cielo for hosting this lovely post! If you would like to join our group, or you would like more information about us, just click on the above link to reach the official Hopeful Friday web site....



My cousin Margie sent me this via e-mail
the other day and I thought I would share it with all of you.......

The Blue Rose........



Why do I always have to be the one that starts to do laundry and there's no detergent? Well, I guess it was time for me to do my store run, which included light bulbs, paper towels, trash bags, and Clorox. So off I go......

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 that 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 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 neat name; I wish my name was Denny, but my name is Hal.".....

"Hal like Halloween?" 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. "Your 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 someones 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 to 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 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, Danny 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 probably just a dandelion but I sure love living in God's garden."...

Please the next time you see a BLUE ROSE don't turn your head and walk off, take the time to smile and say hello. Because by the grace of GOD this mother could be you. This could be your child, grandchild, niece, nephew. What a difference a moment can mean to that person or their family.........

From another old dandelion.....

Live simply... Love generously...... Care deeply..... Speak kindly.....

Peace be with you!.....

Happy Hopeful Friday!.......

With warmest regards, Carol

17 comments:

Anne said...

Mom I just loved that story of the blue rose. What a perfect story for your Hopeful Fridays's. This would have been a nice one for your Blue Mondays (It is Monday's isn't it, lol?) None the less, I loved it! And I love your blog and loved how you decorated it for Easter. And I love you to! Talk to you soon.....Love, Anne =)P.S. This comment had alot of loves in it, lol!

Just a little something from Judy said...

Wow! What a wonderful story about the blue rose. I won't forget it, because of how touching of a story it was. Also, you festive Easter blog is so bright and beautiful! Hope that you have a nice, relaxing weekend.

Vee said...

Now that's the kind of forward I can handle in an email. Thank you for sharing it. Hope that you had a wonderful first day of SpRinG!

Brenda said...

I love the story.Great post.

foxxy said...

What a nice story. I wouldn't mind getting that kind of forward. The good kind. Thanks for sharing.

June said...

Thank you so much for this post. I came over from Tammy's blog where you left a comment and I'm so glad I did. I am the the mother of a child (actually he is 22) who is mentally impaired and this story touched me deeply. Our children are a wonderful gift and when we see others recognize this it is an experience I can't put into words. The man in this story understands this. Too many times it is obvious to me that my son seems to make others uncomfortable. I feel sorry about that but I also know that it is hard for some to know what to say. All that needs to be said is hi or how are you? They truely are an important part of society. They are beautiful in spirit and we should honor that in them. Thank you so much for passing this on to us all. My son has a new nickname thanks to you. He's my little Blue Rose.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your new blog decorations are so pretty and festive! Charli looks so cute on the sidebar in his Easter bonnet :-)

I loved this touching story. I have an adult autistic nephew, and it is so true that he is a special blue rose.

♥ Kathy said...

Oh that was beautiful Carol ♥

Ruthie said...

That is a beautiful story. Thanks for sharing it. Now I will remember Blue Roses! (That would be a great post for "Blue Monday".)
Hugs.

Smilingsal said...

I've seen that email too, Carol. Happy Saturday.

Madeline's Album said...

What a beautiful story. It put tears in my eyes and sent shivers up my spine. We all need to be tolerant and loving toward all mankind. This was a great post. Have a good day. Madeline

zetor said...

Touching story.!Hope you have a good weekend.

nikkicrumpet said...

No fair making me tear up this time of day. Now I'm gonna have to go fix my mascara! What a lovely story and a lovely thing for us all to remember.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

What a wonderful story ! So sweet.

Jorgelina said...

Hi!!
I love the story.
Your new blog decorations are so pretty and festive!
Happy Saturday.

Sandy said...

Wasn't that the greatest email?! You still have the coolest blog EVER!

Neabear said...

That is beautiful!! I had never seen this before. I am glad you shared it.

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