by Lucinda Secrest McDowell
Back in October it was laden with leaves when a freak 12-inch snow-and-ice-storm hit Connecticut and left us without power for a week. Ice usually just crystallizes bare limbs in winter, but this time it covered the leaves, the heavy weight bringing every branch to the ground. By the time all was melted, we had lost more than half of the tree. What a sad sight. It look chopped up and forlorn. I wondered all winter if that little tree would make it… The elements of the years had been brutal at times; this final blow…
On this late April day I glance out to see beautiful pink blossoms on a seemingly-full dogwood tree! Spring has come and our little-tree-that-could is once again blossoming and cheery. What a story of resilience and perseverance! And how much more beautiful it is to me because I remember the loss, the broken limbs, the heavy weight of ice…
My mother — Sarah Hasty Secrest — is like our little tree. She perseveres! Next month my sisters and I will take Mama on a special celebration journey for her 85th birthday. I’m delighted to make some more memories amongst those who know me best…the Secrest gals.
But Mama is also very resilient. She has forged through the past months, learning new roles and responsibilities and determining to live as fully as possible, even with some physical limitations. I admire her for that and I hope to be that strong when I am 85…
Happy Birthday Mama. You are beautiful.
“She is strong and respected and not afraid of the future. She speaks with a gentle wisdom. She is always busy and looks after her family’s needs. Her children show their appreciation, and her husband praises her… Charm is deceptive and beauty disappears, but a woman who honors the Lord should be praised. Give her credit for all she does. She deserves the respect of everyone.” (Proverbs 31.25-31 Good News Bible)
under the mercy, Cindy
copyright 2012 Lucinda Secrest McDowell