Ode to Richard

whittling wood sketch small boyOne day, you’re a small boy learning how to whittle wood with the best of them. Feeling the peace of a still, warm day. A summer breeze on your face, a smile in your heart as you carve your masterpiece.

The next day, you’re lying in a hospital bed whittling your brain into shards trying to figure out how you got there and asking yourself “Where did all the in-between go?”

Our lives are a bit like that block of wood, aren’t they, Richard? We begin as a block of fresh, green wood, our lines not yet defined; ripe and ready to be carved into something special. whittling wood 1 bird

When I look at you, I see a very special man. I don’t know your in-between. I know you now. You are a wise, smart man with a strong faith and a great sense of humor. I like what was whittled. Your whittler did a good job!

whittled wood crossYou know who your whittler is. Many don’t. But you do. That is why I love you. Your conviction gives me strength and hope. I know that when I pray, He listens. My prayer today is for your healing. My prayer today is that you will soon be sitting in the sun,  a smile on your face, wood shavings flying!

Be strong in your faith. Rest. Heal.

God’s Peace!


About susansplace

Widowed in 2012, I am a mother and grandmother. Born in San Francisco, I now live in the town I grew up in: Mill Valley, California. I love nature photography. Just an amateur but that's OK! My goal: world peace. Got any ideas?
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3 Responses to Ode to Richard

  1. Kay says:

    Thank you again for your beautiful Ode to Richard. I have printed it and will share with him later.
    Bless you!

  2. Melodee says:

    I read this awhile ago, and was so moved. Just beautiful. You have such a wonderful way with words, Sue. Thanks for sharing them with us!

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