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The Sandpiper Story

Friday, July 11, 2014

Rec'd the following from a Spark Friend. Have read it before, but it was so timely b/c I had just heard an old school chum of mine had passed on. So here it is for those who haven't read it yet.


This story is true.

The Sandpiper
by Robert Peterson

She was six years old when I first met her on the beach near where I live.
I drive to this beach, a distance of three or four miles, whenever the world
begins to close in on me. She was building a sand castle or something
and looked up, her eyes as blue as the sea.
"Hello," she said.
I answered with a nod, not really in the mood to bother with a small child.
"I'm building," she said.
"I see that. What is it?" I asked, not really caring.
"Oh, I don't know, I just like the feel of sand."
That sounds good, I thought, and slipped off my shoes.
A sandpiper glided by.
"That's a joy," the child said.
"It's a what?"
"It's a joy. My mama says sandpipers come to bring us joy."
The bird went gliding down the beach. Good-bye joy, I muttered to myself,
hello pain, and turned to walk on. I was depressed, my life seemed
completely out of balance.
"What's your name?" She wouldn't give up.
"Robert," I answered. "I'm Robert Peterson."
"Mine's Wendy... I'm six."
"Hi, Wendy."
She giggled. "You're funny," she said.
In spite of my gloom, I laughed too and walked on.
Her musical giggle followed me.
"Come again, Mr. P," she called. "We'll have another happy day."
The next few days consisted of a group of unruly Boy Scouts, PTA meetings,
and an ailing mother. The sun was shining one morning as I took my hands out
of the dishwater. I need a sandpiper, I said to myself, gathering up my coat.
The ever-changing balm of the seashore awaited me. The breeze was
chilly but I strode along, trying to recapture the serenity I needed.
"Hello, Mr. P," she said. "Do you want to play?"
"What did you have in mind?" I asked, with a twinge of annoyance.
"I don't know. You say."
“How about charades?" I asked sarcastically.
The tinkling laughter burst forth again. "I don't know what that is."
"Then let's just walk."
Looking at her, I noticed the delicate fairness of her face.
"Where do you live?" I asked.
"Over there." She pointed toward a row of summer cottages.
Strange, I thought, in winter.
"Where do you go to school?"
"I don't go to school. Mommy says we're on vacation"
She chattered little girl talk as we strolled up the beach, but my mind was
on other things. When I left for home, Wendy said it had been a happy day.
Feeling surprisingly better, I smiled at her and agreed.
Three weeks later, I rushed to my beach in a state of near panic. I was in no
mood to even greet Wendy. I thought I saw her mother on the porch and felt
like demanding she keep her child at home.
"Look, if you don't mind," I said crossly when Wendy caught up with me, "I'd
rather be alone today." She seemed unusually pale and out of breath.
"Why?" she asked.
I turned to her and shouted, "Because my mother died!" and thought,
My God, why was I saying this to a little child?
"Oh," she said quietly, "then this is a bad day."
"Yes," I said, "and yesterday and the day before and -- oh, go away!"
"Did it hurt?" she inquired.
"Did what hurt?" I was exasperated with her, with myself.
"When she died?"
"Of course it hurt!" I snapped, misunderstanding,
wrapped up in myself. I strode off.
A month or so after that, when I next went to the beach, she wasn't there.
Feeling guilty, ashamed, and admitting to myself I missed her, I went up
to the cottage after my walk and knocked at the door. A drawn looking
young woman with honey-colored hair opened the door.
"Hello," I said, "I'm Robert Peterson. I missed your little girl today
and wondered where she was."
"Oh yes, Mr. Peterson, please come in. Wendy spoke of you so much.
I'm afraid I allowed her to bother you. If she was a nuisance,
please, accept my apologies."
"Not at all --! she's a delightful child." I said, suddenly realizing
that I meant what I had just said.
"Wendy died last week, Mr. Peterson. She had leukemia
Maybe she didn't tell you."
Struck dumb, I groped for a chair. I had to catch my breath.
"She loved this beach, so when she asked to come, we couldn't say no.
She seemed so much better here and had a lot of what she called happy days.
But the last few weeks, she declined rapidly..." Her voice faltered, "She left
something for you, if only I can find it. Could you wait a moment while I look?"
I nodded stupidly, my mind racing for something to say to this lovely young
woman. She handed me a smeared envelope with "MR. P" printed in bold
childish letters. Inside was a drawing in bright crayon hues -- a yellow beach,
a blue sea, and a brown bird. Underneath was carefully printed:
A SANDPIPER TO BRING YOU JOY.
Tears welled up in my eyes, and a heart that had almost forgotten to love
opened wide. I took Wendy's mother in my arms. "I'm so sorry, I'm so sorry,
I'm so sorry," I uttered over and over, and we wept together. The precious little
picture is framed now and hangs in my study. Six words -- one for each year
of her life -- that speak to me of harmony, courage, and undemanding love.
A gift from a child with sea blue eyes and hair the color of sand
-- who taught me the gift of love.

NOTE: This is a true story sent out by Robert Peterson. It happened over 20
years ago and the incident changed his life forever. It serves as a reminder
to all of us that we need to take time to enjoy living and life and each other.
The price of hating other human beings is loving oneself less.


Life is so complicated, the hustle and bustle of everyday traumas
can make us lose focus about what is truly important
or what is only a momentary setback or crisis.
This week, be sure to give your loved ones an extra hug, and by all means,
take a moment... even if it is only ten seconds, to stop and smell the roses.
This comes from someone's heart, and is read by many
and now I share it with you..
May God Bless everyone who receives this! There are NO coincidences!
Everything that happens to us happens for a reason. Never brush aside anyone as insignificant. Who knows what they can teach us?

I wish for you, a sandpiper.

  
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MICKEYH 9/4/2014 12:45AM

    Beautiful story. emoticon emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 9/3/2014 4:34PM

    Always great to read the good ones again! It must be having its second life because someone else just sent it to me, too! Take care!

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MINIMOE1 7/19/2014 10:28AM

    A great life lesson in this story, Helen. emoticon

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DIANEDOESSMILES 7/17/2014 7:09PM

    HI Helen,, hon, I am just reading this now. Such a beautiful experience for Mr P though at that time,,, at first, he didn't realize all that Wendy was offering to her.

I wish for you "a sandpiper" place,, where you can go and feel as you did as a carefree child that you were ,, and also for us all to appreciate those we love. I am so blessed with a very caring family,,, even my Dad, who is quite hard to handle at times, these days. This is New for me,,, but he's in an assisted living place,, and struggling,, from afar,, I am trying to "help him settle in." Later I'll call and see if they found his clothing, if not, I'lll hop onto Amazon, and get him some pants and shirts,, or shorts if that's what it is he wants.

I am also extremely blessed with my friends,, who have always shown,, and more so lately how much they care. I am in a bright yellow cast,,,, been in casts now for 5 weeks, next Fri it finally comes OFF, but I go into a smaller one, from the foot surg. Theres a chance this did not work,,, it was very fragile,,, to begin with,, and I was "only to go from couch , to bed, to toilet" and that was THAT ! But, when you live alone,, you can NOT expect ur fam, friends to DROP their lives completely and bring you all the 3 meals, and 2 snacks one requires (well LOL I DO though they are small on cals ) a day. So I've been UP WAY more than I should be. Tonight I for the 2nd time (not bad !) to get my mail. There was an older woman,,, quite fragile looking,,,,, trying to get in,,, I knew the person with her,, so I let them in. The older lady,,,, is moving in here,,, couldn't figure out how to use her key. She's very scared,,, very much so. So we talked for a bit,,,, than I asked if she wanted to see the community room,, that they are now playing BINGO, she was good with that,,,, and UP she went. I feel so GOOD I was able to help her out. :) It was WORTH the getting of my mail. :) I am sure I'll see her around,, to bad I can't help her to move in,,, but yeah, I am still another 3 or 4 weeks OFF my foot completely ! Perhaps I'll be able to add her to the few I get a little bit of groceries for when I go down to get mine. :) That always feels sooo good,,, and unfortunately you can NOT TRUST many who live here,,,,out of the younger ones,, which "they THINK I AM" they think I am in my 40s,,I am almost 56 ! Hehehehehehehehe

HUGS Sweetie,,,,, take carah

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KALIGIRL 7/14/2014 9:05AM

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KIWIANN 7/12/2014 10:17AM

    what a beautiful story, thanks so much for sharing it!! emoticon

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SWEDE_SU 7/12/2014 12:06AM

    what a beautiful story - thank you for sharing (writing through tears)

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MOM1014 7/11/2014 8:42PM

    So beautiful and touching. What a wise little girl. And sent to him at just the right moment. No coincidences. Thanks for sharing.!!!

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IDLETYME 7/11/2014 7:18PM

    What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing it!!!! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 7/11/2014 5:13PM

    That was so beautifully sad! Thanks for sharing!

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MOMMADOT630 7/11/2014 4:15PM

    Love the Sandpipers watch them at the beach and know such joy and peace. What a beautiful story to share Helen...With tears in my eyes and a lump in my throat ~ I thank you.

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JEANSHEP2 7/11/2014 2:20PM

    Helen, I had never seen this before, but is one I shall never forget! So sorry about your friend. They get fewer and fewer as we age.

Thanks for sharing this lovely story!

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GRANJERRY1 7/11/2014 2:15PM

    That is such a beautiful story Helen....thanks for sharing it.... actually had me in tears. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PEEDLE 7/11/2014 1:11PM

    Thanks for the reminder, Helen.
We should all look for our sandpipers. They are there just waiting for us.
Mary Lou

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GRANAZ 7/11/2014 12:53PM

    I found it. Thank you for sharing. A Wonderful story.

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LINDA! 7/11/2014 12:52PM

    Beautiful!

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MICKEYH 7/11/2014 12:04PM

    Thank you Helen for sharing this beautiful"The Sandpiper Story"
Sorry to hear your lost. I wish you a Sandpiper.
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POLYANNA2 7/11/2014 11:54AM

    I wish for you a Sandpiper too. Thank you, Helen and Susan. This one's a keeper.
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SHERYLDS 7/11/2014 11:45AM

    thanks for sharing

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I'm Turning Over a New Page!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Yes, you heard me right! No more stalling and falling off the track. And to keep my momentum going, I'm joining the 5% Summer Challenge that gets more and more popular around Sparks. They have a bunch of great leaders and members - all very supportive and inspirational. That's the name of our game!

This time, however, I hope to be going back to the SUDS team to join the Dawgies in their kennel. , if they will have me. I was already on that team a number of times in the past and really enjoyed everyone.

So, get your track shoes on - check out the team - and we'll be starting off in a few weeks' time.

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LOSER05 6/20/2014 10:25AM

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    Way to go! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 6/1/2014 11:43PM

    Way to go! We'll miss you on casual traveler but good luck to both of us! emoticon emoticon

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HICKOK-HALEY 5/27/2014 11:56PM

    Sounds great. emoticon
Love your background page!

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KALIGIRL 5/27/2014 8:51AM

    Here's to your new emoticon

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SUSANSLIFE 5/26/2014 7:58AM

    Two days ago, I was going to skip more challenges. Today I've decided to sign up again! I think this blogging challenge has gotten my mojo back!

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DETERMINEDJANET 5/25/2014 9:38PM

    I love that challenge too!

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    All best wishes on your new start. I know you can do it! emoticon emoticon

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POLYANNA2 5/25/2014 9:12PM

    AWESOME energy I'm feeling from you, Helen!!! emoticon emoticon
LET'S GO!!!!!!!!

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SUNSHINEGB 5/25/2014 9:04PM

    Good for you Helen! Way to go!
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CERIUSLY 5/25/2014 5:38PM

    Good on you Helen! I will look for your sign up post on the Spirited Underdogs.

and be forewarned, I am going to "dawg" you to keep your tail wagging. emoticon pun intended!

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STEVEN_D 5/25/2014 5:06PM

    sounds great, keep us posted.

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NEWTINK 5/25/2014 4:37PM

    Just remember us Travelers and stop by and say hello .... you are doing great !!!

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WIZKEY 5/25/2014 2:58PM

    We will miss you on the Casual Travellers, but you need to know where your heart belongs!!

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    Wishing you well in the Summer challenge! emoticon

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MAINEALI 5/25/2014 1:31PM

    Great post! Thanks! I'm so looking forward to the Summer 5% challenge.

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I Like This One. . .

Friday, May 09, 2014

  
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LOSER05 6/20/2014 10:25AM

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SANDISOCAROLINA 6/6/2014 12:36PM

    It's all about the peacefulness. emoticon That is my focus.

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MICKEYH 5/11/2014 12:15AM

    Great quote. Thank you for sharing.

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POLYANNA2 5/10/2014 9:03PM

    I work very hard at maintaining inner peace, although I must say I wasn't very successful when I was younger. Those were mostly frantic days...lol

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GENRE009 5/10/2014 8:25PM

    Yes that's the idea, yet sometimes we are at peace, and life happens, peaceful or not.

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CLAIREINPARIS 5/10/2014 4:06PM

    Very true... Thank you!

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    Love this…….so true! emoticon

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SHERYLP461 5/9/2014 11:03PM

    Me too, I believe this is true.

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ROXYZMOM 5/9/2014 10:06PM

    I think everyone that we interact with has to too!!

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Question of the Day

Friday, May 09, 2014

  
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SPARKLED146 5/11/2014 8:53AM

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    Good one, Helen emoticon

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GENRE009 5/9/2014 12:57PM

    Wow it took me a minute, and then I understood this. Space bar.
I wonder if they still drink Tang? Cause it's not anywhere on the market! eva

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HELEN_BRU 5/9/2014 12:22PM

    Space Bar!

Took me awhile to get it b/c of the white keys. Geez!

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Good Morning!

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

  
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    For sure!! It's that caffeine that gets me going in the mornings!! emoticon emoticon

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    Helen, may our cups runneth over with smiles AND coffee...lol I'll be thinking of you in the morning while having my cuppa java, and I will smile.

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    Hope you have a day that's full of things that make YOU smile!!!! emoticon

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