I TREASURE MY ROCKS, ESPECIALLY THOSE WITH SPECIAL NEEDS.
I TALK TO THE TREES, THE BIRDS, AND THE ROCKS. IN FACT—I TALK WITH ALL OF NATURE-- AND SOMETIMES-- THEY TALK BACK.
Cubby and I saw him several days ago when we were walking along the Spillway Trail. I stopped to meet him, realizing from his appearance--he'd experienced a “rocky” road for most of his life. Then, looking around, I made a mental note where to find him in the future.
Yesterday was especially chilly and damp so we visited the trail for only a short walk. I wasn’t surprised that we were the only ones around-- for miles. Then I remembered my new, little friend. He was in the same spot where I’d last seen him but this time I knew I couldn’t leave him. He seemed so alone, so vulnerable, and so “overlooked.”
Sometimes, especially when you look “different”--in a scraggly-unbalanced-kind-of-way-- people avoid you. It’s easy to be loved when you have the perfect heart-shaped face or have been blessed with classic and beautiful features. Too often, people turn away when your eyes don’t match, or your nose is smashed-looking, or you have a crooked smile.
I knew from the very- first look--my little friend had a heart. In fact, when you look real close, you see that his lips curve in a heart-shaped design. Forget that he apparently suffered a displaced jaw in his formative years and, perhaps, had some skin issues but--not even one of us is perfect.
Cubby and I took him home, carefully bathed him, then snuggled him in a soft washcloth until he was dry and looked--seriously happy. He is now a "rock-solid" part of our family and-- like the rest of us-- he will never be alone, again.
I’ve spent some of my happiest times outside-- searching for and studying the wonders of Nature—and enjoying the amazing and memorable beauty around me. Don’t tell me that a special-needs Rock doesn’t matter. Everything in Nature--- matters.
Like the Trees, the Sunsets, the Bushes, and the Water-- all things big or small are priceless elements of the Earth. What makes me so sure? Because-- Everything in Nature was designed and made by God. And-- In My Opinion-- God doesn’t make mistakes,
"All things bright and beautiful, All Creatures Great and Small. All things wise and wonderful, The Lord God Made Them All."