The Bliss Blog

The Bliss Blog


There Was An Old Lady

 

No, not the mother of many who resided in overgrown footwear….but the rather the one who ingested a winged insect(:

Today, while waiting for my car to be serviced, I was delighted to have spent time in the company of a vivacious and precocious 3 1/2 year old named Kaisha. She was there with her daddy who was waiting to have his car to receive maintenance as well. When the pair walked in, she plunked down on the chair right next me; all curly haired, multi-layered, colorfully outfitted cutosity. Her own footwear were sparkly sequined black boots, over tights and a  black net tutu with pink and black designs on the top, a tiny black hoodie and a pink barrette pulling one strand of hair back from her adorable little face. I bet you can see her right in front of you. She carried a glow in the dark pink hoop that we took turns spinning, peaking through and she put on her head like a crown.

Then she spied the book on the table next to me and asked me to read it to her; not once, not twice, but three times! How could I refuse such a charmer? And so, I sang the words “There was an old lady who swallowed a fly” …..spider, dog bird, cat, goat, cow and horse and finally succumbed and made her transition to her next life. I always wondered about the reaction of children who are read that story. I thought it was pretty weird when I was a kid.  Is it a cautionary tale not to put things in their mouths that don’t belong there? Is it an endorsement for vegetarianism since it doesn’t warn against swallowing carrots, spinach or grapes?

When they left, the father thanked me for keeping her entertained and then one of the men who worked at the shop, smiled and said that he wished that his daughter had a grandmother like me, since both his mother and his wife’s mother have since died. I felt moved  and honored. I have had plenty of practice lately with another 3 year old charmer; my son’s girlfriend’s little one named Collin. I will have to see if he would like that story. He would probably get the giggles from it.

http://youtu.be/qC_xO2aN_IA  I Know An Old Lady- Judy Collins



Previous Posts

Living in the Questions
  Since I don't have a television, the only times I watch are at the gym, at other people's homes or (as I am doing right now), in the hospital. Propped up in bed with yet another health challenge. A little more than a month ago, it was a heart attack. Back in November, it was shingles and i

posted 2:27:43pm Jul. 20, 2014 | read full post »

Power to the Peaceful
      I was a child during the Viet Nam War. Images of destruction, napalm, death, protests, tears, verbal and sometimes heated physical altercations between those in favor of the conflict and those opposed to it, streamed across our television screen daily. War never

posted 8:52:13am Jul. 19, 2014 | read full post »

Heart Song
  Lately, I have been more acutely aware of the connection between the cardiac muscle that keeps blood pumping through my body and sustains this corporeal existence and the emotional center that has made my thus far, more than 55 years on the planet worthwhile. Going on month two of my new l

posted 6:07:50am Jul. 18, 2014 | read full post »

To Live Significantly
      Many years ago, one of my college friends named Gina Foster had relayed a bit of wisdom that I treasure. She said that she endeavored to "live significantly," and that she does.  I knew instantly what she meant and agreed that it was my mission too. It isn't about

posted 9:52:42pm Jul. 16, 2014 | read full post »

The Queen of Reinvention
  When you look in the mirror, who do you see?  Not 'what do you see"?  Go beyond appearance....way beyond...go inward. What does this person think, feel, say and do?  Does that contribute to the makeup of their identity?  Perhaps. How about their history?  Not so much, as I like to rem

posted 9:09:41pm Jul. 15, 2014 | read full post »




Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.