Friday, March 11, 2011

stringing buttons

of all things to do......

i found myself stringing buttons tonite.


i had got this pack of brightly colored plastic buttons.
like something you'd get for a kids craft project.
don't ask me why.
i just liked them.

i had plans for tonite that didn't work out.
and i was okay with that.
the idea of sitting quietly appealed to me.

the news of the tsunami has been overwhelming.

i lit a candle and sat down on the couch and started putting
button after button on my a string. with each button i thought
of a life that was lost today. i didn't have nearly enough
buttons. and i knew that. slowly, i placed a button on the string
and thought of today.

the buttons seemed too bright and happy for what i was thinking.
and it occurred to me that life was like that.
bright and happy and bleak and miserable.
it was everything.

quietly, alone, i strung the buttons, glancing at the candle
and holding the world in my heart.

i am truly overwhelmed at the loss the world suffered today.

the way i'm choosing to honor it is to hold some silence for just a bit.

i feel i need to.
the only words i want to speak now are to tell people how much
they matter to me. how much i care about them.

please hold that in your heart for me.
it matters to me.

and for this weekend, i leave you in a silence honoring the loss
of today.

1 comment:

Merry ME said...

A tragedy so big does have a way of putting the fragility of life into perspective. I think your button string and candle is a perfect way to honor those suffering. As horrible as it seems right now, the color will one day come back and the light will shine in the darkness.

Bless you.

May the Creator hold this planet and its people in the palm of his(her) Almighty Hand.