Wednesday, December 17, 2014

May I pet your.............

The prophet of despair gains a shouting audience.
But one who speaks from hope will be heard long after the noise dies down.
                                           John La Farge


Oh, it seems the spirit of the holiday is alive and doing well in our little town, sitting not too far from the farm. People are smiling and there seems to be an extra bounce in the steps of the passerby. I stroll slowly down the aisle in a store, admiring the decorations and the music coming from above my head. That soothing music of those Christmas carols mixing with my own memories of long ago. This is exactly what a girl trying to get in the mood for this holiday season needed.

It is so easy to let your world be consumed by the terrible things going on in the world we live in. My belief is that you do what you can and that is all you can really do, fretting about it will not change anything.
Pick up a few extra toys for some children that you know, sadly we all know those children who are in need of some happiness. Throw some extra groceries in your cart; you know where they are needed. There are a lot of ways to make this world a better place. Donate to a good cause, there are so many of them. Do what you can; it does not take that much time, effort or for that matter, money. Every little bit will help.


Sometimes all it takes is a smile, a silly question and shared laughter to bring joy to someone who is going through something you may not see, nor ever understand.

You are probably wondering about the title May I pet your…… “Coat” would be the word. I, the one asking that silly question and she, the one who replied yes without hesitation, just as I had hoped, changed the moment for some strangers surrounding. My fingers stroked that beautiful ruby red fuzzy coat, while we both smiled and laughed. A woman standing just down the way stood watching this strange woman petting this other woman’s coat. The woman watching looked sad, but could not turn away she was no doubt intrigued by the nerve of this strange woman. That strange woman being me paid no mind to the thoughts of onlookers; she knew she had to do that seemingly strange thing.

Before long, the beautiful, ruby red fuzzy coat lady and I were discussing the state of the world, the economy, and the sadness that others feel this time of year as I continued to stroke her coat. We happened to be standing in front of a display of Christmas and holiday cards. I explained to her that I needed to find my Mom a card that would make her smile and laugh. We started opening the cards one, by one and sharing the laughter that it ensued.

The petting of a beautiful ruby red fuzzy coat by a strange woman now breaking the proverbial ice, the laughter breaking it down more, and the conversation about what many people feel these stressful days had the sad onlooker walk over to join in. Before long the conversation was more about the laughter we were sharing as strangers and less about the sadness and worries of the world and more about opening those cards to see what joy it would bring lying hidden inside.


All that laughing and dancing with joy, in the aisles to music coming from those cards no doubt attracted the attention of those around. The smiles on the faces of other strangers confirmed my belief that it only takes one smile or one silly question to change, if only for a moment, that world that someone is feeling overwhelmed by.

Oh yes, it is truly the season, where good things are out there, the trick is that you just have to remember that. No matter what is going on in your life.
A dancing polar bear card singing Rockin' around the Christmas tree is going to make my Mom smile and dance, over and over.

 I will never forget that woman who seemed to be carrying such a heavy load but did eventually walk away with a smile. All it took was a strange farm girl, with a silly question and maybe just a bit of those dance moves that she had learned long ago from her own Mother.


 Rockin’ around the Christmas tree; it’s a Christmas party hop. Hop hop hop…….. Oh yes, my Mom is going to love this card. Hop hop hop.
(See you all next week, I am a little busy here.) Hug B

Later

36 comments:

  1. I liked your cheer . . . one smile begets another . . .
    I like thinking of your mom smiling, laughing . . .
    Happy day and week my friend . . .

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  2. Sometimes just a smile and a comment can start something wonderful. Your mother will love that card. I would love that card. :) Enjoy your Christmas. Blessings.

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  3. I love it when women do exactly what you did! It happens at the most unexpected times. You go somewhere, alone, and you find a 'friend.' How many times is it just the opposite, you're in a room full of friends, and feel alone. I hope your Mom enjoys reading the card as much as you enjoyed finding it!

    Cindy Bee

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  4. In the big picture of life it really is the little moments that count the most. I'm sure the gal with the red coat will share her version of this story and smile too.

    Have a wonderful week as you continue to prepare for Christmas. Blessings to you, Miss B!

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  5. Thanks so much for that smile Buttons... and for having the courage to reach out with a smile.

    Count me in as a 'strange' woman, methinks I'll be following your example. *hugs*

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  6. what a sweet few moments to lift a whole day.

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  7. What a beautiful, beautiful post.

    Full of Joy, and Fun, and mostly, Wisdom.

    Thank you.

    Happy coming Christmas,
    'Miss' Tessa~

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  8. I loved imagining you petting that red coat and laughing! You have a lot of wisdom here, B. We have to keep finding and making the good moments.

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  9. Buttons, what a nice holiday post! You're right, there is lots of happiness and joy in the world, and we can all do little things to help keep it flowing. Tomorrow I'm taking my questionable music skills to join in a holiday jam/sing-a-long at a retirement home ... yikes, better go practise!! Looking forward to seeing you next week.

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  10. B,

    Great card, your Mom with love it.
    Along with your beautiful smile :-)
    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  11. I love your card too B. An exchanged smile and a conversation out of the blue with a stranger does make the heart feel warm. Thank you for sharing your smiles with us as well. Loving good wishes to you and yours for a very happy and joyful Christmas :D) xx

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  12. It's a happy busy time of year.

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  13. Great card and post with great images! Thanks for the smiles!

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  14. Wonderful post ! Aint it the truth all it takes is a smile and bit of silliness and fun , Papa and I get silly in the stores just to make people laugh I love it ! Thanks for sharing and I think your mum will love that card ! Have a good week and a Merry Christmas .

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  15. Haha! You sound like me.....wanting to pet someone's coat! :) I love it! I used to be so painfully shy as a child. I am quiet, but not shy anymore.
    Cheri

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  16. As always you have such inviting posts. I had to laugh, it has been awhile since I petted a coat, but I do remember petting my Mom's.
    Merry Christmas

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  17. What a delightful story! Did the lady come to your farm and ask to pet one of your girls? (I didn't think so, but I thought I'd ask.)

    Hope you have a wonderful Christmas, Buttons. Blessings and Bear hugs!

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  18. No doubt you made a difference in her day.

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  19. I hope there were many smiles all around on this occasion, Buttons. We need to make contact with others more often, in my opinion.

    Take care of yourself, and take it easy!

    xo Nellie

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  20. It is so true about laughter being contagious. I was getting groceries (in my uniform, after work) just like every Monday. My husband called my cell phone, because I had played a trick on him. He was laughing and I started laughing really hard in the store. Several people went around me with strange looks on their face. I had tears my husband made me laugh so hard. We ended the call and I went on with my shopping. Funny thing is several of the people that passed me made it a point to make some comment on the weather, groceries, or the holidays and we would start to chat. One man asked me if I knew what enzo was. His wife put it on the list. We were both baffled. The store clerk didn't know either when we asked her. It was a great grocery trip. I am resolved to put on a smile when grocery shopping.

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  21. You have keyed in on one of the most important aspects of Christmas to give to those in need.

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  22. You lovely lady. Yes, we need to help those of us who are less fortunate to enjoya lovely Christmas season also. Ps...I have a white furry coat and people always ask if they can stroke it, it is totally fine!

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  23. I'm glad you found a card you know your mom will love. How cool that you wanted to pet the stranger's fuzzy, red coat...AND that she was okay with you doing it. :))

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  24. You are so right ' a silly question and a smile is what more people need to do. I do that kind of thing....sometimes it works but sometimes I get weird looks.

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  25. great story....sometimes what we do makes a difference.

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  26. You have the spirit! And you seem to have enough of it to share it with all of us, too. I just love your posts - I always feel better, happier after reading them.

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  27. I always enjoy all those wonderful Christmas tunes, they make me happy and warm and fuzzy inside!! don't work too hard buttons!!!!

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  28. I'm glad the sad woman was able to walk away with a smile on her face. Who knows...maybe it was just what she needed to get through her day! :)

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  29. That reads as a great card for your mum.
    Merry Christmas to you and your family....have a good one. HUGS M xxx

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  30. I love this post, Buttons - you exemplify the Christmas Spirit! You are so spot on as to how to deal with this troubled world - sending love, laughter, light and charity will help so much more than worry and despair. I am sure your Mom will love your rockin' card and you made some people smile despite it all, including me. A big hug and Best Wishes for a lovely Christmas and many blessings in the New Year my sweet friend. xo Karen

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  31. You this is such a lovely post May you have a blessed Christmas and a very Happy and Healthy New Year.

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  32. Awhile ago I was a bit fretful about something or other , but went shopping for supplies and found myself in the greeting card section reading, opening, and laughing at the cards. I thought to myself then, that if I really needed a bit of cheer I would return to the greeting card section just to feel myself laughing. How much better to share that cheer with others ! I don't think I will find any ladies in ruby red fuzzy coats to pet ! ( never know though )

    I was talking to my sister today and we were both distressed about the 'world situation' and finally told each other there was little we could do about so much of it except pray about it and do the little bit we're able to do. Well said Buttons !

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  33. Lovely story. Merry Christmas and warm greetings from Montreal.

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  34. I can just see you petting that coat : ) You make friends wherever you go. I hope you receive as much joy this holiday season as you bring to others.

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