Moe, for better or worse

This blog used to be called "one year in the life of a short fat runner"; then it was called "Am I a runner? you decide." I've decided running isn't the thing I need to talk about'll come up for sure, but it's just one part of me, so I think I'll just call this blog: Moe, for better or worse.

Monday, June 09, 2008

God is a single blade of grass

We went to visit my parents this weekend, partly because we haven't seen them in a few weeks and partly because it's sweltering here and they have a pool.

We were sitting under the pergola, chatting and enjoying the shade and the breeze from the ceiling fan. Ma had abandoned her wig, and even her hat. Her head is covered in a soft fine fuzz of white hair, and while it will always be disconcerting for me to see her bald, she actually looks quite good that way.

She was talking about teaching, that she is going to half time next year, and about her students. She said they don't always understand that they will never be perfect, that nature is, even when it seems chaotic.

She said she tells them, if you ever want proof God exists, you only have to try to draw a hexagon. She can't draw a perfect hexagon, but bees build them everyday in their hives. Every one perfect, over and over and over again. Further proof...the single blade of grass that will push its way up through the black top on a paved road...a road that is strong enough to support trucks and cars and people, but can't resist a little green plant. So fragile a thing that a child can rip it from its roots, but so strong, it can make it way to the sunlight regardless of the obstacles.

There are prayers and miracles in everyday things. You just have to look for them.


Blogger fpcRunner said...

Very nice, Moe.

June 09, 2008 2:25 PM  
Blogger Kris said...

Thanks for sharing your Mom with us. :-)

June 09, 2008 6:31 PM  
Blogger Her Roo-ness said...


June 09, 2008 8:39 PM  
Blogger Elizabeth said...

Sounds like Mom had some wonderful words of wisdom. :)

June 10, 2008 10:58 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Sage words from you mom, and a great story to start the day with, Maureen. Thanks for sharing :)

June 10, 2008 11:29 AM  
Blogger sauconRunner said...

Your mother is a very wise women.

June 10, 2008 3:56 PM  
Blogger Rudy Martinez said...

I thought Walt Whitman might be involved.

Your Mom is awesome, M!

June 10, 2008 9:52 PM  

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