The Sweetest of Unions
Once again I see her. She is hiding. She hides a lot, this Beauty. Oh yes, she loves to show up in some expected places, such as in the normal realm of sunsets and reciprocated love, but I think where she shines the brightest is in the perceived darkness--surely the most unexpected of places.
Today I catch a glimpse of her outside. The skies are gray and everything looks lonely. If I could reach out and hold the air, I imagine it would feel heavy and damp. But Beauty, she is dancing behind them! She is smiling so big I cannot miss her intent. She loves what she does. She loves to sneak up into a situation so stealthily you may even wonder if she is really there at all.
They walk... I think I can hear them talking although I can’t tell what they are saying. The taller one, she is the daughter--herself in her 50’s. In the crook of her arm is a small, frail hand, grasping on for balance. One step and then another. How hard it must be to watch the mother you love, the mother who gave her whole life for you, struggle to see the world or walk on her own. How hard it must be to know the pain of losing a father and ache to comfort this mother in the loss of her best friend and husband of 50 years. How hard it must be to juggle this new responsibility along with a job, a husband and children of her own.
But Beauty...Just look at her! Look how she delights in being seen! She is there….she is there amongst the devotion of a loving daughter who puts her mother’s needs above her own. She is there in the sacrifice of ease and in the true heart of a servant. She is there in the heart of a daughter who delights in loving her Mom well. Beauty is in the sweetest of unions between this mother and daughter. Is there anything as lovely as this relationship? The unconditional love. The respect. Sacrifice. Pursuit. Patience. The giving. Oh, it is beautiful--and I get to watch this every day from my window as they pass by. I get to watch Beauty come to life as she twirls behind them begging to be seen--unexpected and extraordinary.