Sun Kissed Days

Sun Kissed Days

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

It's Not About The Grade But The Journey





We walk,
our steps rushed,
the ground hard.
The sun is shy but
smiles upon us.
I ignore the wind,
playing with my hair.
I'm listening closely,
to you speaking,
kindly,
softly,
trying to heal the bruised ego
of your brother.
His tears cascading down,
his exam a disappointment.
You carry his heavy backpack,
wanting to lighten his burden.
I listen as you encourage,
with words of tenderness.
His glasses fog up,
from tears and distress.
You hand him a napkin to wipe
them away.
My boys,
one a man,
the other still a child.
Your story weaved with love.
The beauty of the moment
cherished in my mind.
On the way to the airport,
bumper to bumper traffic .
We take side streets,
as our afternoon unfolds.
I will savor today,
the snapshot of my sons,
standing side by side.
I will soak it in ,
with grace and gratitude in my heart.



My older son was visiting ten days ago. We went to pick up my little one from school and he was devastated about a math exam he took. He is in 6th grade and his class is a college credit class and very difficult. He loves the challenge and he was disappointed in himself. It was special for me to watch my older one speak to him with such tenderness and love. It's those moments that make everything worthwhile. 
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98 comments:

  1. I am never prouder of my children than when they prop each other up, empathy at the ready.

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  2. How lovely for the brothers to be encouraging each other, this is what family is all about ~

    And that is a beautiful family portrait ~

    Happy day Ayala ~

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  3. Ayala, THIS storyis woven with love.
    The beauty of the moment
    cherished in the minds
    of all who come here and read this.

    To some of us it's like "water in the well".
    Thank you.
    PEACE!

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  4. another wonderful family pic and another wonderful warm-hearted story of encouragement...love the tenderness, how he carried his brother with his words as well...you can be so proud of your wonderful boys ayala

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    1. Thank you, Claudia. I was really proud that day :)

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  5. smiles...and where do you think he learned that kind of heart? smiles....you have done well....cause the proof is in the puddling...

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    1. Thank you, Brian. Nice of you to say :)

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  6. Awww... Yes, I echo Brian's comment... where did he learn that kind of love and kindness... beautiful read, made my eyes mist up and put a huge grin on my face :)
    My goodness you youngest boy has already achieved so much if he's that far ahead... sheesh! Well done to him anyway!

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    1. Thank you, Bren. I appreciate it my friend.

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  7. Its great when siblings support and encourage each other :-)

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  8. Ahh... so true... a mantra to live by. I'm sure watching their interaction was amazing... every mother's dream that their kids get along (I'm very fortunate, too).

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    1. It is every mother's dream...so happy you have that too. :)

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  9. What a bittersweet moment you've captured here. I hope that someday my boys will be as supportive of each other as yours are. Thanks for sharing this lovely story.

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    1. They will...thank you, Kristen. :)

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  10. now we need the kids to buy in!

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  11. So sweet! You can tell your younger son many adults would not pass his class, lol And to your older son, what a wonderful father he will make one day :)

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    1. I thought of that as well...:) thank you, Lori.

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  12. A charming snapshot poem examining closeness, gratitude, and family. Very touching.

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  13. he'll carry that back-pack for years to come... I raised 3 boys... it still amazes me how they cover each others backs... sweet write

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    1. Thank you..and how sweet. Three boys ..that's great!

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  14. How touching. This gave me the chills, Ayala. What a beautiful family you are.

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  15. My kids are very close - and there are few things that mean more to me that watching them care for each other. One of life's greatest blessings!! LOVE this!

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    1. It is a wonderful blessing. So happy you are fortunate that way. Thank you, Adrienne.

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  16. A beautiful write.

    Your son has obviously inherited his goodness and kindess from you and you can be as proud of yourself as you are of your children.

    Anna :o]

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  17. So much to be thankful for when you see your sons as close as they are to one another, one comforting the other. Not easy growing up and experiencing disappointment, but nice that they have each other as well as you!

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    1. So good to know they have each other. :)

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  18. Ah brothers, such a special relationship...great that they have each other. :)

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  19. Just a little encouragement can go a long way, sounds like they have that down.

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  20. Sounds like you are doing a great job with both boys... wonderful that you got to see the evidence of that.

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  21. As always, ayala, you shine such a lovely light from the heart of your family out. I love this poem, and the picture it gives of your boys.

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  22. very good thing to see the love shared and expressed,

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  23. Yes, truly, these are the best moments of life... And how proud you must be of them both. p.s., what a lovely photo... You are just adorable.

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    1. Thank you, Kelly.... sweet of you to say. :)

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  24. Well told--I love moments like these.

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  25. Oh I love it when you do tender little poems about your family, sigh.

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  26. I love this part:

    "The sun is shy but
    smiles upon us.
    I ignore the wind,
    playing with my hair."

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  27. You truly must me proud indeed!! What a great blog you have :)

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  28. Ayala, this is a beautiful touch of how siblings can be encouraging for each other. As I have said before-it is a sign of good parenting. Lovely write.

    Pamela

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  29. Oh dear. Such a sweet poem. Siblings can have the most wonderful relationships as you bring out. thanks. k.

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  30. Tenderness and kindness are all that matters. These are the things that will be remembered not the maths paper. Lovely poem Ayala.

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  31. What a beautiful moment to remember with verse.

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  32. Yet another beautiful moment shared with your family...giving us all hope that such love and caring make for more love and caring radiating outward to all they meet. It all starts w. family.

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  33. Awesome! Siblings can be the best of friends. :)

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  34. Wonderful moment, well documented. A beautiful write, Ayala!

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  35. a beautiful moment indeed. :) thank you for sharing it with us so poetically, Ayala.

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  36. You write so sweetly about your loved ones... It makes me cry with emotion... I am glad and love your love :-)

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    1. You are so sweet, Dulce. Thank you :)

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  37. It's these moments that make it all worthwhile. Excellent work painting such a beautiful picture of kindness.

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  38. you have captured such a beautiful and touching moment. love seeps off the screen with each word.

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  39. The love between siblings caught with great sensitivity..and I loved the title too, thanks!

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  40. You capture another unforgettable moment. Very nice work.

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  41. ...things do happen for a reason..be it good or bad... Your little one never lost it coz he's already a winner for taking the courage to try and give his best shot.... And that's already a big thing to be proud of... :-) thank you for sharing the wonderful relationship your family have for each other...good day!!!:-)

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    1. Thank you, Kelvin. I am proud of him...and he is always a winner to me. :) Best wishes.

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  42. It sounds like you have two very special boys. And they have a very special mom. xo

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  43. What a beauty of a post. You have a lovely family.

    Greetings from London.

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  44. What a sweet moment. I love the line, "The sun is shy but
    smiles upon us."

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  45. Beautifully written, Ayala. I love the strong bond between your boys that this poem conveys.

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  46. so tender Ayala... it is magical to watch the love between our children blossom in moments like this.

    please stop by my blog... something special is waiting there for you!

    http://www.shinethedivinecreativityisaspiritualpractice.com/2012/12/lace-hearts.html

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  47. What a sweet moment. I love watching my boys together, too.

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  48. Such a poignant write--these are hard lessons to learn--and you help so much---Really lovely!

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  49. What a lovely moment between your boys. I am so glad you got to witness this. It's an ordinary moments, but reveals so much. That is the best kind of living. . .

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