Words from the heart of a child

by | December 7, 2017 6:51 am

Playl’s Ponderings – By Steve Playl

He could have died! In fact, he did die…more than once…but each time he was resuscitated. You may remember the heart-stopping event I am referencing. I wrote about it a couple of times.

Our precious grandson, Lawrence, drowned in a swimming pool at the resort, in Florida, where he was on vacation with his family. First his father, then others, gave him CPR. A couple of nurses just “happened” to be there. Voices were lifted in prayer for him as he was airlifted to Arnold Palmer Children’s Hospital, in Orlando. That just happens to be the number one hospital in the world for drowning victims.

Sammie and I left Tennessee and headed for Florida as soon as we got the news. When Lawrence regained consciousness enough to recognize my wife, she offered a familiar greeting, “You’re my sweet Lawrence” and he responded, weakly, but with the standard response, “And you’re my sweet Nahnee.”

A few days later, he was discharged from the hospital. There was no sign of brain damage. Lawrence was barely 7 years old at the time of the accident. In a few months, we plan to celebrate his 10th birthday.

You know how children sometimes watch, entranced, as Daddy shaves or Mom puts her “face” on? Well, a couple of weeks back, the Nash family was here from West Virginia, and Lawrence was talking to Sammie as she applied make-up and curled her hair in preparation for a normally hectic day at the office. Actually, she was doing most of the talking, and he was mostly watching, mesmerized.

Having completed the finishing touches to her face,   removed the last curler from her hair and made the final swipe of the brush through those golden tresses, she shifted her gaze in the mirror and locked eyes with our spellbound grandson.

Matter-of-factly, she stated, “Oh well…that’ll have to do.”

Lawrence hesitated for a second, letting the words sink in, then blurted out, “Nahnee! I think you look beautiful.”

At that moment, it didn’t really matter what anyone else thought. It didn’t even matter whether she approved of her own preparations in front of the mirror. What mattered right then was that a 9-year-old saw her as beautiful.

I would certainly concur with his assessment. She is beautiful…and in more ways than one. But, truth be told, his opinion at that moment was probably more important than mine.

The Bible never uses these exact words, but I believe the concept is in agreement with biblical ideals: BE NICE!

Our world would be much easier to endure, for now, if we would practice that simple suggestion. Be nice! Say something nice to someone…and mean it! Try looking at things, especially people, through the eyes of a child. It may require some serious determination, but try to regain a childish heart.

Most grown-ups are more apt to act like children in losing control of emotions or being irresponsible or failing to take responsibilities for their actions. But we could make our world better, if we would express the love and sensitivity of a child…if we would look at others and see them as something beautiful. Be sweet. Be nice.

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