"Like the study of science and art, accounts of historical events can be intrinsically fascinating. But they have a wider significance. I believe that people are better able to chart their life course and make life decisions when they know how others have dealt with pressures and dilemmas---historically, contemporaneously, and in works of art. And only equipped with such understanding can we participate knowledgeably in contemporary discussions (and decisions) about the culpability of various individuals and countries in the Second World War. Only with such understanding can we ponder the responsibilty of human beings everywhere to counter current efforts at genocide in Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia to bring the perpetrators to justice."
"...we humans are the kinds of animals who learn chiefly by observing others---what they value, what they spurn, how they conduct themselves from day to day, and especially, what they do when they believe that no one is looking."
----Howard Gardner, from The Disciplined Mind, published in 1999

Monday, July 16, 2007


Little Guy's birthday was absolutely great. He requested pizza for his birthday meal, and as the pizza joint he loves the most is a few blocks from my parents' house, his entire birthday party became takeout.
My parents furnished a great, green seedless watermelon, one of LG's favorites. Sweet and rosy, just like the Guest of Honor Himself. Sitting at the picnic table, he took it all in and said, I feel like I'm in heaven!, his entire face a grin, one of those smiles that lights up the place.
After we left the party, we continued the celebration by stopping at the store so that he might choose a new fishing rod (bright, candy-apple red). He and Big Guy went fishing together as we sat lakeside and took in the beautiful day.
LG continued his birthday festivities by challenging me to a game of lawn tennis upon our return home. We were just heading into the house after the game for the ritual slice of watermelon when the neighborhood boys came to see if LG wanted to play.
Yes, LG said. It's my birthday today, he said. Well, happy birthday, replied one friend. Let's go over to my house.
LG's birthday ended with my calling to him across the lawns and rising fireflies at dusk.
Our Little Guy is growing up.
Our Big Guy is growing up.
Both are healthy, and happy more often than not. If ever there was a time to stop and smell the roses, this is it. And for this, I am most thankful.
Don't forget to stop for your own roses, dear reader, whatever or whoever they may be.
comic strips courtesy of http://www.mutts.com/

6 comments:

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The Artist formerly Known as Purpleworms (!) said...

I'm so glad! It sounds just lovely!! Pizza is the perfect birthday meal!

neroli said...

Dear Splash, welcome. Thank you for your comment...it's always good to meet new people!

Dear Artist, lovely is a perfect word to describe yesterday. And yessirree, pizza is indeed perfect---no matter how you slice it :-)!

Linda said...

"Stop and smell the roses", a most excellent tenet, Neroli! Thanks for visiting my blog; happy b'day wishes to the LG :)

neroli said...

Oh, Linda, I'm so glad for you to stop by! I've read (and admired) your blog for some time. I always did get the impression that you were a Sister Rose-Sniffer :-)!
So many thanks for the birthday wishes---he's still on cloud 9.

min said...

I would like to stop and sniff the watermelon. I love the smell of a fresh cut melon. That is the perfect aroma for a birthday!