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What started out as a site to update on our daughter's cancer has thankfully grown into a site to update on our beautiful family of four. Enjoy our journey...

Friday, July 25, 2008

letting go...

I read this on the site of a friend who recently had to lay their baby boy to rest, something that no parents ever imagines having to do. After reading it I thought I wanted to share it here. I know that many of you have sick children yourself and may find some sort of message here. But ultimately I am posting it for my very good friend Gina....and her family who is suffering through their mother's battle against cancer right now. God bless Stella and her family in the time to come, giving them all the strength of those who love and care for them. Gina - I love you!

The Dragonfly

Once, in a little pond, in the muddy water under the lily pads, there lived a little water beetle in a community of water beetles. They lived a simple and comfortable life in the pond with few disturbances and interruptions.

Once in a while, sadness would come to the community when one of their fellow beetles would climb the stem of a lily pad and would never be seen again. They knew when this happened; their friend was dead, gone forever.

Then, one day, one little water beetle felt an irresistible urge to climb up that stem. However, he was determined that he would not leave forever. He would come back and tell his friends what he had found at the top.

When he reached the top and climbed out of the water onto the surface of the lily pad, he was so tired, and the sun felt so warm, that he decided he must take a nap. As he slept, his body changed and when he woke up, he had turned into a beautiful blue-tailed dragonfly with broad wings and a slender body designed for flying.

So, fly he did! And, as he soared he saw the beauty of a whole new world and a far superior way of life to what he had never known existed.

Then he remembered his beetle family and how they were thinking by now he was dead. He wanted to go back and tell them, and explain to them that he was now more alive than he had ever been before. His life had been fulfilled rather than ended.

But, his new body would not go down into the water. He could not get back to tell his family the good news. Then he understood that their time would come, when they, too, would know what he now knew. So, he raised his wings and flew off into his joyous new life!


Rachelle said...

Beautiful post Brenda. Thank you.

Anonymous said...

Thanks, Brenda. My sister is sharing it with others in Colorado.