Friday, March 20, 2009

This I Believe Party

Our local NPR station, WKMS, and our wonderful magazine, Paducah Life, sponsored a This I Believe essay writing contest, and yesterday they held a party to celebrate. It was held at our most wonderful independent movie theater, Maiden Alley Cinema. (Maiden Alley, just a block off the river, used to host another ... um ... business ... er ... clientele... oh, never mind.) This weekend the theater is playing The Man on the Radio in the Red Shoes, a documentary on Garrison Keillor.
At the party, there was an open mic (mike?) session, and I read this:


I believe that if you walk through a busy airport with a big bunch of daffodils that you just picked from your garden people will smile at you. Everyone. Daffodils have the power.


I believe that a lifelong laughing friend of the heart can recline, supine, paralyzed by a cancer in her brain, locked by her disloyal body in a little dark room, with the blinds drawn so she can “rest”. This friend who always laughed and helped, loved open fields and dogs running, and brought more smiles than any daffodil, now in her special hospice gown with oxygen and sensory deprivation. I believe that her soul will triumph and I won’t understand the mystery of it.

I believe that God reveals himself in the friend with cancer when she cries, “Oh help me” and in the baby who smells right and who searches my face with virgin blurry vision. Those eyes not fully of this world. Yet. Still.

And yes, I believe there is God deep in my Old Dog’s eyes, eyes of knowing and acceptance and love resounding. Tolerance.

God is revealed in the gentle back rub of a soul mate; that touch which asks nothing but to give comfort. Feeling the softness of skin on skin. Humanity in touch.

I believe in community. In a fine southern river town where people care. In the mysteries of that water, quiet, deadly, beautiful, peaceful, powerful as heaven.

Constant as a friend.


hug your friends today, be they human, hound, far, near, gone, new, needy, laughing or sad

22 comments:

  1. We believe that wonderful things are shared on line.

    Thank you

    Muzzer and Gussie

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  2. I believe that you are right. Thank You Patience for all that you do.

    Sue

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  3. Wow, what a powerful declaration, and I admire your skill to say it this way (because it is a skill in case you don't know!)
    Have a great weekend!

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  4. Hi,

    You have been nominated for Post of the Month over at the Bone Zone - head on over and cast your vote :)

    love

    opy

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  5. Absolutely beautiful, Patience. Every word was just right, my dear, very good friend.

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  6. What a fabulous post, Patience! Thank you!

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  7. Of course, Patience. This is a truth, and it is beautiful. I am really in the habit of giving my great big black bearded darling a huge ring-around hug ... as is everyone in her presence.

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  8. What a wonderfull post...and we belive that you have a wonderfull gift...Love A+A+PL2

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  9. Your words move me to tears. Thank you for a wonderful post.

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  10. Thank you, Patience.
    I needed to read that today.

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  11. What an eloquently written and beautiful tribute to friendship and family. The parallel between Jake's new son Brody and your dear friend Carolyn is so genuinely heartfelt and touching. Thank you for sharing and God Bless!

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  12. Martha & P-DoggyMarch 21, 2009 at 11:10 AM

    Gol darn it,P, they REALLY FROWN on my crying on the keyboards of public access computers, but you went and did it again! Bless you,dear P,"you wear it well"-hearts and flowers and whippie kisses!

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  13. Exquisite Patience, you said it so perfectly.

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  14. I believe you see deeply into the human soul, Patience, and into a dogs soul as well.

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  15. Hi Patience! Can you do us a favor! The Bumpass Hounds are trying to get doggies from all 50 states to sign their blog guestbook and they need a KY doggie! Will you help them out?
    Thank you in advance!
    http://bumpasshounds.blogspot.com/

    Love ya lots,
    Maggie and Mitch

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  17. That was very nice Patience!
    Rambo the chi

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  18. WOW! That was beautiful...as were the photos of your new grandbaby! And of the stories of Sam in the women's shelter...

    Patience...you're an inspiration!

    Love, Mumsie...et al!

    Pee ess...R u back in nursing?

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  19. Awesome -- you say it so well!!!

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  20. 120 hours of clinical...yeesch...where are you going to be doing it? What kind of surgeries would you see on a vascular floor? Carotids? Fem pops? Ours are all mixed in...oh, Patience...you're living my life from 2001...the dreaded "refresher course"...actually, it was really helpful...but total hell going through it...mine was four days a week for about 2 1/2 months...2 clinical days and 2 classroom days...plus studyin' my butt off every spare moment. Do you still have your license or do you have to retake boards? Luckily, since I had let mine expire I was able to recert in NC and transfer to PA...not without 5000 phone calls and 6 migraines...good luck...I can already tell you that the elderly don't look so old anymore...and as for new technology...it changes every darn year anyway so we all have to relearn it...thank heavens basic hooman A & P hasn't evolved much in the past couple of decades!

    I'm thinking about you!!!

    Love, Mumsie!

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  21. Nice post! How was that show "the Man, etc."? Mom's been to see GK's radio show live here in Virginia a time or two and just loved seeing it. She says you really have to act fast to get tickets it's so popular.
    Hey we were in Louisville a couple of weekends ago -- missed you!

    Rudy

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