Thursday, February 13, 2014

It happened . . .


. . . and I missed it!

Can you believe, that after 10 months of waiting, this fellow decided he just had to make
his debut in the hour I had to be gone at a doctors appointment? I knew that morning
when I left, that he wasn't gonna wait for me. I had even considered cancelling my appointment.
All I know is that I can't wait until this weather starts to warm
up so I can get started on my dill, and fennel.  



As the solder flows from my metals class - she is soldering on a bezel to attach
an enameled piece to later. Using a hammer, and a saw and a torch . . . all great
tools for reducing stress, especially when art is the end result.


This . . . is going to happen tomorrow! There is a 100% chance of sunshine in the morning and I'll
be there to report on it. It will however only be in the mid 30's, colder if there is a wind off the bay. 

{I got photo bombed, lol)

And then off for a coffee, a walk and the nursery. If I'm lucky, the poppies are blooming. I'll probably
stalk my "spot' and hope some people walk by for some more abstract photo making. I'm kinda liking
the ones with people in them. And my mind is wandering with some ideas that would include a cross and a crown of thorns. Now to figure out how to execute it.

As much as we didn't like the idea of having to back for the boy's infusions, we sure did love seeing
the nurses on floor 3 - it's also where the food court is. That's dangerous when you're there all day.

As soon as we got there, Roshanda says, "Sam's here, that's what I'm talkin' about. I've been waitin' all day for you to get here so we can talk football." To which you see the biggest smile on his face. And you know what's really amazing? One of the other nurses, the one that put in his IV, we hadn't see her for awhile. Turns out that she got lymphoma and went through chemo in the last couple of months . . . has lost all her hair, and is about to start radiation next week. And there she is, with a beautiful smile on her face, and telling us how she got to touch Justin Timberlake's leg at a concert and making us both laugh until our sides hurt with her stories.

On Tuesday's post I talked about the butterfly effect and how everything we do matters. Well, on that third floor of the critical care center it's not just a butterfly effect, it's a movement. An earthquake kind of movement that you can feel under your feet and in your heart and you won't just travel far forward, but to infinity to show the difference they are making in peoples lives.

Because people will remember how you make them feel!
Wishing you a weekend filled with sunshine and laughter . . . 

Love, Kim
xo


sharing with Little Things Thursday, Thursday Favorite Things, Random Five Friday, Friday Photo Journal




29 comments:

Sarah Carletti said...

So true, so true. As a sufferer of chronic illness I get that. So sorry that your family is going through this. Hugs, peace, grace, Sarah

Adrienne said...

I do so hope you publish a book with your butterflies...and all that they teach you. There is such a tenderness and such compassion that bleeds through all you express as you share that journey with us. The world needs your "butterfly effect"! I'm always blown away by nurses. Your stories add to a heart full that I carry with me. Hope you have a wonderful morning tomorrow!

Tamar SB said...

Morning temps in the 30s? Oh I can dream of that....

Hope Sam is feeling great. Sounds like you have a great team treating him!!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Can't wait to see your abstract photo making. Glad it was a good experience for Sam and you this week.

Kim Cunningham said...

That booger butterfly! I guess you should have known he had a mind of his own. Quite a beauty, though!

I'm sad that you are having to go back to the hospital and through treatments, but so happy that you have strong relationships there that make those visits a little easier.

I'm chewing on the words about people remembering how you make them feel. That's a balm to my soul today. I've been sort of a bystander to someone else's self-absorption...and it effects me. Your words are a great reminder that we are to lift others with our words, and actions....not ourselves. Foreign today.

Nicki said...

I'm sorry you missed the butterfly "coming out" - but oh so glad you had a good visit with Sam at the doctor's. I love your statement "people will remember how you make them feel" - powerful words and reminder.

My continued well wishes and thank you for sharing of your photographic eye.

tiarastantrums said...

such true words! is it warm enough in your area to let your new butterfly out?

aspiritofsimplicity said...

how nice to have warm and welcoming people when you must be at the hospital. It does make such a difference. I love your quote as well.

Gail Dixon said...

Sorry you missed the emergence of the butterfly.

Sounds like your boy is in very good hands. Pray all is well.

Linda/patchwork said...

Those people in treatment centers truly have a calling. They are angels on earth.
So true that people will remember how you make them feel....good, or bad.
Sorry you missed your butterfly's debut. It is a pretty one.
Bundle up for that morning shoot. I think warmer weather is on its way.

Sharon Collins said...

Beautiful words and beautiful photos.

Dotti said...

Just like our kids: doing their own thing. He's a beauty though!

Brenda said...

Looking forward to more sunrise photos from you - always amazing!

Kathryn said...

Those nurses sound like the best, so heartwarming. Love that the butterfly made his way into the world after all this time. :0)

Nancy said...

I am sorry that you are having to go back to the hospital as well but so glad they are so kind and caring to Sam...That alone makes it alittle easier....

Butterflies sound a little like kids; going to do their own thing in their own time...He is a beauty that's for sure....

June Caedmon said...

People do remember, and it takes such a little effort to smile and say a kind word. Funny thing, when you do it, it a feeling that works on the Giver almost as much as the Receiver. Sorry you missed the arrival - he's beautiful!

Andrea said...

I am playing catch up on your blog ... I read your last two posts and still am in awe of your sensitivity and awareness. I know there are things in your life that have brought this out in you, but you could have ignored that calling and become like everyone else, self absorbed. That you haven't and that you have so much to offer in your thoughts and art are a gift that everyone with their eyes open should see and absorb. The little things are important and that man has turned his back on that idea is the reason we are where we are today. But your voice will reach some who can in turn reach others and on and on until, maybe we can dash the greed and recapture what was meant to be. Thank you for keeping me focused on the good things in life ... it would be so easy to give in to the disappointments and even anger. You are a gift in this week of love ... thank you!

Andrea @ From The Sol

Cathy H. said...

Finally...the arrival! So sorry you missed it. Your capture is beautiful!

Katherines Corner said...

I am writing this with tear filled eyes. Not for sickness or treatments ( I relate more than you know)they bring on enough tears. But happy tears for the bright lights that shine through the darkness.For butterflies that emerge while we are not looking and amaze us with their beauty. Tears for joy filled moments that brighten the darkest days. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things Blog hop Big Hugs ♥

Sharon said...

Awww, you're making me choke up here! You're right -- it's how you make people feel that matters. We've been through the hospital experience in the last year. The scary days, the unknown. And it's the people you remember -- so true. The nurses who make you laugh, the doctors who truly care. Thanks for this inspiring post. Prayers and hugs xxxooo

Sherri B. said...

Kim, I'm sorry your son has to be on that third floor, but it sure sounds like it's filled with some incredible human beings. People like this restore my faith in humanity...thanks for sharing your day and your beautiful images! So sorry you missed your butterfly's grand entrance - what a miracle story that is! xo

Ewa said...

OH, the sun..... <3

Deanna said...

When my Mom lived with me, she had a form of leukemia so we had appts with an oncologist....it was always a pleasurable visit, everyone who works there was always so very kind and compassionate, so I know what you mean. I was always so grateful for their understanding and compassion. Happy Love Day, Kim!! Hugs

Barbara said...

such a beauty is your butterfly and images Kim, your photography I can tell gives you so much pleasure. I am so sorry about your son and the return visits but it is so good that there are good people there to be there for you all.

Roxi -Coppercurls Designs said...

Hope you have the most awesome weekend. It finally warmed up here, but the dirt blew today.

Linda R said...

That butterfly is so beautiful. I just love to hear when caregivers love there job. It makes such a huge difference.. Hope you have a happy weekend.

Hugs~

Ida said...

Oh my the butterfly is gorgeous. I'm so happy that it finally immerged into the world. - How wonderful to that your son has such great people caring for him.
Hugs to all.

Julia said...



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Carletta said...

Your photos are gorgeous!
"People will remember how you make them feel" - such truth in those words.

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