“Do or do not. There is no try.”
These sage words were spoken by Yoda in the Star Wars movie, Return of the Jedi. It is very good advice. This phrase has been spoken for a millennium by many wise counselors in a myriad of ways. My husband’s own brand of wisdom is “Do something, even if it’s wrong.”
But it is the words of my son, Matthew, who is celebrating his birthday tomorrow, which I recall whenever I feel I am uncertain of what I am doing or why. He is a sage young man in his late 20’s but has been bringing comfort to my soul through our conversations since he was a teenager. I want to thank him. He used to study the Tao and once told me that it did no good to worry about what I did, that there is no wrong thing to do. He reminded me that all things work together for purpose in the universe. I try to remember this on those tough days. This post is dedicated to my Sage Monkey, my little tree climber who is about to become a father himself!
For all the times we were apart,
I held you close within my heart.
Your tiny face, your eyes that shine,
we played through days, our arms entwined.
From creeping mouse you grew into
my climbing monkey, look at you!
Creeper, crawler, climber, wrestler,
potter, artist, puppeteer,
Poet, actor, gardener, seer,
musician, thinker-without fear.
A Mother’s job, supposedly,
to teach her child to thankful be.
Yet you have taught me more than this-
to know the warmth of an angel kiss.
You flash a grin and touch my lips,
hook an arm ’round my neck in a monkey grip.
My gift of wisdom, sage and fun
wrapped up in sunshine with you, my Son!
Happy Birthday, Matthew
I love you.
Now you knew I had to put one of these in. It is tradition, after all. My creative son finding ways to deal with the drudgery of helping Mom with chores. We now have a collection of “traditional” photos of him at Christmas with the obligatory shorts on his head, always a new pair left by Santa in his stocking. What a ham!