03 July 2008

The Gift Outright

My mother's birthday was June 28th and we marked this melancholy day with celebration. Land and I were staying with my sister's family in Long Beach and we decided to write messages on balloons and release them into the the sky. My six-year-old nephew experimenting with his newly gained knowledge of scientific principles from kindergarten first scoffed at the idea. "They aren't going to get to her, you know that don't you". We sang happy birthday and let the strings slip from our fingers. My one-year-old nephew tried chasing the colorful bubbles, his hands reaching upward, and my three-year-old nephew ran with abandon, his arms stretched wide, "they are flying to grandma", faith streaming from his trusting eyes. Land wrote a private message and said quietly, "This is cool". We watched for what seemed like hours as they disappeared from our sight, The six-year-old starting to question his adamant stance, "Is grandma higher than heaven?" and then "I think they went all the way to God".

5 comments:

Sara Jane said...

I am glad that you and Jen found a great way to celebrate Aunt Saundra's birthday. I know she is proud of all of you.

Sara Jane

anndeo said...

Sara Jane, can you add me to your list so I can read your blog. I enjoy your comments and think this is a great way to keep in touch while we are so far away. Hope all is well. Love, DeAnn

Tamara Jacobs said...

Oh I think that is such a great way that you celebrated Grandma's birthday. We watched fireworks that night in Florida and in some way I felt like she was watching them too:) I want to see you guys before we move (July 27)...maybe we could come up to Wellsville and hang out sometime in the next three weeks. Are you guys going to be around?

Sara Jane said...

I just barely started my blog--if you can call it that. I emailed Nate and Kaitlan to get your email address so I will add you as soon as I get it. I agree, it is a good way to keep in touch!
Sara Jane

echoallred said...

that is so sweet. it brought tears to my eyes.