Sun Kissed Days

Sun Kissed Days

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

A Honorable Journey

I was humbled when he held
a beating heart in his hands.
Humbled by his kindness
and compassion.
He was a little boy wearing
a firefighter helmet
with a screaming siren.
His eyes bright and eager
wanting to save lives.
Little boy,
building dreams
with colorful Legos 
wanting to change the world.
At sixteen he volunteered 
in the emergency room.
That first day,
a desire born.
On the telephone
his voice filled with sadness,
when someone died.
His sadness replaced with excitement
to save lives.
I told him to follow his dream,
to follow his heart.
He spread his wings
and he soared.
The little boy
was growing into a giant of a man.
He built bridges with his peers,
he helped people in need,
seeing the world with his heart,
feeling the world with his soul.
My boy touched hearts,
the way he has touched mine from 
the first day he was born.


My son Josh inspires me. He is graduating medical school this week. He has accomplished so much and he makes me proud. A director in a mobile unit that was set up for those that can't afford healthcare. He has gone on medical missions to the Dominican Republic and to Thailand. The picture in this post is of him in Thailand .  "Congratulations Josh, I love you and I am so proud of who you are." Please join us here http://dversepoets.com where we share our thoughts and our hearts.


91 comments:

  1. yay congrats josh....med school is no easy task and it sounds like his heart is def in it as well and in the right place...big smiles at your note on being proud of him...you know you played a big part in his life and heart to help others...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Brian. I am so proud and he is humble which makes me prouder.

      Delete
  2. You must be so proud of Josh, Ayala, any mother would. Congrats Josh, Dr Josh, keep on with it. You would never tire helping out on other people. Great write, Ma'am!

    Hank

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Hank. I think he is on his way to touch many lives :)

      Delete
  3. Congrats indeed, that is no easy task to complete and all he does to help, you surely should be proud.

    ReplyDelete
  4. You must be so proud! Congratulations, Josh!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Mama Zen. I am blessed.

      Delete
  5. So wonderful ~ And to take his gift and his strengths and GIVE so much of himself all around the world!! I love your memory of seeing glimpses of the man he would become in the little boy you adored...This is a beautiful tribute from a proud mama!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Adrienne. I think we see things in our children that they don't even see. :) I am so proud of Josh. He is such an amazing man and he touches so many.

      Delete
  6. Congrats to Josh and you Ayala! Lovely reflection on your son and his pursuit of his medical career.

    ReplyDelete
  7. A great picture and a fine tribute to your son. You've gathered a great body of work just in the poetry you've written about your family. Very nice job.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Steve. I appreciate your thoughts.

      Delete
  8. Lovely tribute to your son, Ayala- me likes!

    ReplyDelete
  9. oh wow...what an awesome young man you're having here ayala...you can be so proud of your son

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Claudia :) I always thought he was amazing! :)

      Delete
  10. What a wonderful gift, you gave him life and now he saves them what great gift can he offer than that!
    This is a wonderful tribute to your son. I think anyone who works in service of others is an every day hero. Your boy, no exception. Lovely, lovely, lovely.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Bren. I am so humbled by all the things that he has done and I am so proud!

      Delete
  11. How exciting. I can only imagine how proud you feel. Congratulations. You raised a good and socially conscious person.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Awesome! Great tribute to a fine, inspiring man. Lovely write.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Wow, what an amazing young man! Beautiful poem. Congrats to your son.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Steve. I appreciate it!

      Delete
  14. A wonderful celebration of a son to be proud of, ayala. Loved it.

    ReplyDelete
  15. This comment has been removed by the author.

    ReplyDelete
  16. Proud mama, you deserve it ~ Congrats to your son ~

    ReplyDelete
  17. What a lovely tribute. It sounds like he is following his desired path. I especially like this:

    Little boy,
    building dreams
    with colorful Legos
    wanting to change the world.

    ReplyDelete
  18. And proud you should be! For encouraging those early seeds of caring and empathy to grow! Congratulations to your son on all of his accomplishments (you too, mom!!)

    ReplyDelete
  19. A loving and moving poem-- how a child leans into what is in front of him, wanting then to keep mastering and seeing past...and into. xxxj

    ReplyDelete
  20. Ayala. Of many posts I have read tonight, THIS one touches my heart, reaches deep into my soul, for the same pride which you have--for your son.

    I wished to tell you how wonderfully this was written. But how could it be otherwise? When your topic is about the Hand of God working among us, you are winning again--first prize!

    Many blessing have come your way. May many more be rushing down to you and your son and his work...to never falter.

    And yesss: LOVE and PEACE for you and yours, Ma'am!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, dear Steve. How kind your words..you touch my heart.

      Delete
  21. Wow, he has done amazing work already. I can see why you're so proud!

    ReplyDelete
  22. Wow! You are blessed and so is the world by him!



    Warm Aloha from Honolulu
    Comfort Spiral

    > < } } (°>

    ReplyDelete
  23. I can understand why you're so proud.

    ReplyDelete
  24. And proud you should be!! Lovely tribute to your son, and I wish him well in his honorable career as a healer..:))

    ReplyDelete
  25. Wonderful dedication and celebration! To have a son graduate from med school, to have a son whose life is dedicated to saving the lives of others must be a mother's proudest achievement. Congratulations and thank you for bringing such a generous man into the world.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Beth. It is a mother's proudest achievement to have a son who dedicates his life to others. I am humbled to be his mom. xo

      Delete
  26. Replies
    1. Thank you, Babe. I love you and you have been a great dad to our son. <3

      Delete
  27. Many many congratulations! It is a wonderful poem about this wonderful experience of having a son of whom you are rightly so proud. k.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I feel proud with you, Ayala!! Heartfelt congrats and such a write to honor your son. He is so fortunate to have you for a mom. =)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Pat. Your warm words touch me. :)

      Delete
  29. Truly inspirational. It's wonderful when we witness the growing to ripeness of those we love.

    ReplyDelete
  30. Congratulations, Josh, and to you, Momma, for bringing into this world a bright beam of hope!

    ReplyDelete
  31. what a stunning and loving tribute. You should be so proud! your on sounds like an inspirational man.....your poem had such an engaging and honest narrative....and then when I read the backstory- it just sealed the deal...so good

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Stu. I am glad I added the note. There is so much to be said about his compassion.....

      Delete
  32. Your son sounds like an incredible young man. What a blessing he is to the people he serves and to our world community. Congratulations to you both!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Kristen. I appreciate your good wishes :)

      Delete
  33. Congrats to Josh and to all of you who supported him through the tedious process of medical school. Gave me the chills.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Your son sounds like an amazing human being. This is a beautiful tribute to him. Congratulations to you both.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Sorry for my late comment. This is a beautiful tribute to a man who has obviously earned much respect and love. What a great heart he has. Congratulations to him in graduating and you as his mom.

    ReplyDelete
  36. Of course your beautiful soul has inspired another great soul to be a light in the world. Congratulations to you both and thank you.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anna, how sweet of you...thank you :)

      Delete
  37. Wow, Ayala! Congratulations to you and your son as I know you have been a huge part of his success. How proud you must be! And, this is a beautiful tribute to him :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Lori. :) We are so proud :)

      Delete
  38. congratulations to you both. what a wonderful life's work. :) you must be one heck of a proud mama.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Joanna. So grateful :)

      Delete
  39. Congratulations to you and your son! Well done mom :)

    ReplyDelete
  40. yes.. proud mother you must be...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Luke. I am so proud :)

      Delete
  41. congratulations to both of you ... god bless :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, dear Baishali. Best wishes.

      Delete
  42. Oh, how wonderful! Congratulations to both of you. There is nothing better than seeing our children succeed, and especially with such a worthy endeavor. xo

    ReplyDelete
  43. What a wonderful celebration, congratulations Josh and Ayla...He sounds like a lovely young man and you can see the beautiful nature in his face... Terrific and uplifting!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Di. So sweet of you to say.

      Delete
  44. Sounds like Josh will be/is the best type of doctor, one with the brains and heart and soul. Congratulations to you and him. It seems you both make the world a better place with your gifts.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Lauren. Your words give me a virtual hug. :)

      Delete
  45. congratulations to josh, and to you. the younger generation has a clue about meaningful living.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you, Ed . Yes , the younger generation does.

      Delete
  46. Oh my goodness, that is so beautiful. What a lovely tribute to your son. Congrats, he's going to make a difference in this world.

    ReplyDelete