Saturday, July 17, 2010

Day Colors

This day was painted with broad strokes of color.

Swimming pool blue.

Raspberry red.

Camp-fire orange.

No late-fees amber.

Fountain Pepsi fuchsia.

Lucky-in-love scarlet.

Giggle-box green.

Cutting garden pink.



But my favorite color was not one that hinted celebration or voices raised.

It was not one of mouth-watering taste.

It was not one of still-life beauty in wait of a frame.

Today, my favorite color was the burning-forehead grey of my sweetest girl.

My favorite color was "my tummy hurts".

My favorite moments were carrying her too-warm body heavy down the stairs; tucking it into my big people sheets, clean from the line; sharing a pillow as she drifted sad; burrowing my face into chlorine curls; feeling the rise and fall of her chest; whispering prayers into her ear and the ear of One who heals.

I am a Mama who marvels at sharing all the colors of this life. But grey is where I matter most.

28 comments:

  1. Bless you, Shannan... You are truly a momma of love! Always doing for, and loving your babies!! May God bless you and give you strength, as you care for your family and make memories that will last a lifetime. They are so blessed!!

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  2. Poor little poppet. I hope she is well very quickly.

    I totally get what you are saying,FPFG. x

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  3. I hope your girl gets better soon. I hate it when my monkeys get sick, but I'm glad I'm the one they come to.

    I love all the colors of your day! Your words are always spot on!!

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  4. This left a big lump in my throat. You are such a good momma...I pray I will be half of the momma you are to your sweet ones.

    I've said it before-but I hope you write a book someday...your daily accounts and a big ol section on adoption. I have fourty five thousand questions for you, my husband and I have read countless books, papers, etc, on it all, as our hearts wanted babies. I WOULD LOVE TO READ IT ALL FROM YOUR PERSPECTIVE. I would buy the first copy.

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  5. I just have one question?? Why is fountain pepsi fucshia?

    I hope your little one is feeling better.

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  6. What was your major in college? And did you by chance go to Ball State?

    I love your creative writing...very thoughtful.
    And thank you for writing me back to tell me where you got your bracelet. Can you tell me the name of the store? I have some family in Muncie so I may just ask them to look for me! :)

    God bless you & I hope Ruby feels better soon!
    melissacaitrin[at]gmail[dot]com

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  7. that is so sweet. What a lovely way to look at it!

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  8. Oh poor thing! I just love your creative way with words you have!
    You are just such a gift to all of us! I do hope your little one feels better!

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  9. Lovely! I hope poor little Ruby is doing better today.

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  10. Poor Ruby! Hope she is feeling better.

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  11. Wow, what a great post! I hope Ruby feels better soon!

    Kelli
    xoxo

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  12. Shannon, I gave you an award today, hop on over to my blog and check it out! Happy Saturday!

    Megan

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  13. I know! Shel was sick last week, and we cuddled and loved and it was so special. I did feel bad for him, but it was nice to be close and needed.
    Beautiful as always!

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  14. Your posts are always so delicious. I hope Ruby feels better!

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  15. my kind of rainbow!!!!
    hope your weekend is sweet.

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  16. Such pretty colors. I hope your little Ruby is doing better!

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  17. Oh I hope her and your world turn bright poppy pink with sprinkles and sparkles and all those fun colors real soon. Love your writing...gifted girl.

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  18. So beautiful...your words are sweet and gentle...but speak volumes of the love you have for your children.

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  19. Little baby girl :( Hope she is feeling better soon.

    Hugs to you, I've missed being around here as I've been on a little VayK BUT I'm back and glad to see your still writing away! To one mother to another - I know how scary it is to have a sickly. Praying for y'all.
    Hearts, The Lady of the House

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  20. I hope little missy is feeling better today. One of my favorite memories of Emma is taking care of her when she was sick with the flu for a whole week. Such a sweet little sick girl that one.

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  21. Woman....I hope you print that...and send it to someone who sells things that people write. You are blessed with words...just beautiful!

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  22. man you have a way with words...

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  23. i am sorry ruby is sickie but i love that you spell grey the proper, very grey, way.

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  24. Okay, that was a great post. I am sorry that your little girl was sick, that is always such a bummer. You handled it beautifully, I know that there will be another jewel in your crown when you get to Heaven for being so wonderful to your little lady! Hope she is feeling better today!

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