17 May, 2009

Bittersweet

yin and yang: is used to describe how seemingly disjunct or opposing forces are interconnected and interdependent in the natural world, giving rise to each other in turn... Yin and yang are complementary opposites within a greater whole. Everything has both yin and yang aspects, which constantly interact, never existing in absolute stasis.

We just got back from visiting a beautiful boy who is quietly dying in his parents' living room.

And yet, how can I not smile through my tears when I think of three other lively little boys hamming it up in the back seat of our car?

6 comments:

anno said...

You're absolutely right: during times like these, you need moments like these to help carry you forward. (BTW: What is on the nose of that boy to the right?)

Thinking of you,
Anno

Betsy said...

That's a helicopter seed pod from a maple tree (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Helicopter_leaves.jpg)

When the seed is removed the sides of the pod are sticky, and some kids here (including B!) think it's hilarious to wear them on their noses.

I don't know which makes me laugh more when I look at him in that video: his "costume" or that scraggly lone tooth that's hanging on by a thread. (which has since been knocked out, btw. It was a bit of a shock, but he was left with a great gorey story to tell his friends and the $$$ from the tooth fairy softened the pain a bit...)

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

I'm so sorry for the sick boy and his parents. I can't even imagine the pain.

We used to call helicopter seeds "Pinocchio noses".

I loved the clip of the giggly boys!

Astrid said...

You have adorable kids!! I guess the middle one was adopted for the day? :)

Life is full of yin and yang, and it should be that way I guess so we can appreciate what is goo din life. However loosing a family member, and way too young is simply unfair...

A big virtual hug to you and M's cousin and family!

Goofball said...

Bittersweet for sure. I am glad you got to see M's cousin again but it must have been so emotional. Life can seem so unfair right.

Your boys did make me laugh too though. "IK BEN DICHTBIJ JEEEEEEE, ZO DICHTBIJ JEEEEE!"
who's singing that anyway, I (fortunately!) don't know the song ;)

Betsy said...

Jen: Pinocchio noses! Fantastic! And it fits, too! I'll be sure to tell B.

Astrid: thanks! Sending a great big virtual hug right back at you! :-)

Goofball: the song is called "de Soldaat" and is by Nick en Simon. (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IxHUI7AIOY4) Totally cheesy, but it was on a 2006 Hits CD and the kids LOVE it...