Saturday, July 12, 2008

One Flaw

These are photos of a rainbow that appeared over our place Thursday evening. It was a rainbow in full arc. I've not seen one of those in a long time. The photos were not as spectacular as the rainbow appeared to the naked eye, but I thought you all might enjoy them anyway.
Now on to my post.
This was sent to me in an email from a friend of mine that told me that even though I have been dealing with a lot of adversity in my life right now, I have done so with great poise. She went on to tell me how strong I was and that my ability to laugh away stress was a wonderful virtue. I thank my friend, for her kind words because sometimes I feel as if the weight of the world will crush me. I got to thinking and realize that many of my blogging friends feel this way as well. I'm sorry guys, but this one is all about us women. I hope you will forgive me this one time.

Thanks for you sweet understanding. I think God did pretty good when he designed men too.

By the time the Lord made woman, He was into his sixth day of working overtime. An angel appeared and said, 'Why are you spending so much time on this one?' And the Lord answered, 'Have you seen my spec sheet on her? She has to be completely washable, but not plastic, have over 200 movable parts, all replaceable and able to run on diet coke and leftovers, have a lap that can hold four children at one time, have a kiss that can cure anything from a scraped knee to a broken heart -and she will do everything with only two hands.' The angel was astounded at the requirements. 'Only two hands!? No way! And that's just on the standard model? That's too much work for one day. Wait until tomorrow to finish.' 'But I won't,' the Lord protested. 'I am so close to finishing this creation that is so close to my own heart. She already heals herself when she is sick AND can work 18 hour days.' The angel moved closer and touched the woman. 'But you have made her so soft, Lord.' 'She is soft,' the Lord agreed, 'but I have also made her tough. You have no idea what she can endure or accomplish.' 'Will she be able to think?', asked the angel. The Lord replied, 'Not only will she be able to think, she will be able to reason and negotiate.' The angel then noticed something, and reaching out, touched the woman's cheek. 'Oops, it looks like you have a leak in this model. I told you that you were trying to put too much into this one.' 'That's not a leak,' the Lord corrected, 'that's a tear!' 'What's the tear for?' the angel asked. The Lord said, 'The tear is her way of expressing her joy, her sorrow, her pain, her disappointment, her love, her loneliness, her grief and her pride.' The angel was impressed. 'You are a genius, Lord. You thought of everything! Woman is truly amazing.' And she is! Women have strengths that amaze men. They bear hardships and they carry burdens, but they hold happiness, love and joy. They smile when they want to scream. They sing when they want to cry. They cry when they are happy and laugh when they are nervous. They fight for what they believe in. They stand up to injustice. They don't take 'no' for an answer when they believe there is a better solution. They go without so their family can have. They go to the doctor with a frightened friend. They love unconditionally. They cry when their children excel and cheer when their friends get awards. They are happy when they hear about a birth or a wedding. Their hearts break when a friend dies. They grieve at the loss of a family member, yet they are strong when they think there is no strength left. They know that a hug and a kiss can heal a broken heart. Women come in all shapes, sizes and colors. They'll drive, fly, walk, run or e-mail you to show how much they care about you. The heart of a woman is what makes the world keep turning. They bring joy, hope and love. They have compassion and ideals. They give moral support to their family and friends. Women have vital things to say and everything to give. HOWEVER, IF THERE IS ONE FLAW IN WOMEN, IT IS THAT THEY FORGET THEIR WORTH.


CSI Seattle said...

Let me be the first man to say, "Nice post".

Rainbows are fun too.

I turn the floor over to the women now.

Thank You,


Robyn said...

LOL! Well...well said sist'a! Can I get an AMEN up in here!

kylie said...

wonderful post.
i love the bit about the tear cos i cry for EVERY ONE of those reasons. crazy but true.
thanks cece and hang in there

Anonymous said...

An excellent post, honeybunch!

Women of the world unite! We have been......oh, wait a minute. No breasts. Agh! I'm not a woman!!! Don't think I have the patience to be one!

Keep going, honeybunch!

Peter xx

Cecile said...

I was sitting at work today and I got a very strange feeling that something was wrong with my dad. I really can't explain it, except that it happened. So when I got to lunch I called their house. I didn't get an answer, so I waited a few minutes and I called again. I still didn't get an answer. So I called my sister Sue. No answer. So I called my brother Tom. No answer. So I called my brother Mike. No answer. So I called my sister Carol. No answer. So I called my brother Tom's cell phone. No answer. Then I finally called my Sister Sue's cell phone and I got an answer. I asked her if she had heard from Mom and Dad today, because I had a bad feeling something was wrong. She was at the E.R. with them. Dad has gone into renal shutdown. They told me that this is the end. I asked them if they were really sure this time because it has been such a emotional roller coaster ride for months now. The told me yes. They are putting him on a morphine drip to try and make him as comfortable as possible, and then we will wait. I am going to drive up there tonight and visit with him and say my goodbyes while he is still coherent, and then I am coming back home tomorrow and wait. I can't stay up there because I cannot watch him die. I refuse to watch him suffer anymore. I watched my Father in law suffer for two weeks before he died. I sat beside my Mother in Laws bed for two months holding her hand, reading the Bible, and praying for her to wake up, before we decided to pull her life support, and then we watched for another 12 days while she slowly starved to death. So I refuse to watch my father die. I just don't think my heart would take it. I'm attempting to be strong. It is important that I remain strong for my Mom. They have been married for 56 years and it is going to kill her. I have to be strong for my sister, Theresa, too. Because I know that loosing dad is going to take so much from her and probably weaken her and her fight with the cancer. So, I am going to cry my eyes out on my 5 hour drive (don't worry, I'm taking a dear friend along for support.) HB is staying behind with the boys, so I don't have the added stress of dealing with them. I hope to return soon. Keep me in your thoughts and prayers, and keep believing in rainbows.

Suzanne said...

Steps up to microphone and flicks it with finger.

This is one hell of an amazing post Cece. And true. I know because I've lived it just like all of you. I don't know why we are asked to do what we do at times, but we grow stronger with each and every challenge. Perhaps that's the answer. We're on this planet to protect it, those we adore and those we don't even know. And to do that we must be strong, but gentle. So every challenge is a lesson. Only the best men understand that, and two of them are right here.

Beautiful, beautiful post. Thank you dear friend.

With love,

Leah said...

With you in spirit, Cece--


just bob said...


I don't really have any sage wisdom or comforting words for you. I never got a chance to say goodbye to my father, so at least you will have that and the inner peace that it will bring.

Know that you and your family are in our thoughts, all across the world.

Gig said...

Having just been through this, my heart breaks for you...I only wish there was someway to make it easier...I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers. Be safe in traveling. We are all here and will continue to believe in beautiful Rainbows.

Love you my dear friend,

Robyn said...

OMGosh! I come back and find you posting about your dad! I am so very sorry dear friend! I am sending you warm thought and prayers your way!

Kookaburra said...

I am so sorry to hear your news. Try to stay positive and remember that everything has a season and that your personal rainbow will return in time.

Mark and family.

kylie said...

dear cecile,
i suspect i'm here too late to "talk" before you go but my wish and my prayer for you is that you will spend some good times with your Dad, say what you need to say and leave with sweet memories. I hope the end will be merciful for him, that your Mom will have comfort and that Theresa will have strength for her own battle.

The Lord bless you & keep you,
The Lord make His face shine upon you and be gracious unto you ,
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you
and give you peace

love to all

bindhiya said...

Dear Cece,
I am praying for your Dad, you and family..
I have no words to take your pain away.. but we will be always here for you dear one..
sending you good thoughts and prayers..

Robyn said...

Just checking in with you to see if you are holding up ok...I am again so sorry dear friend! We are here...
Love ya!

Suzanne said...

Like Robyn, just checking in. We all love you so much you know, and hope you're okay. You're family too. I hope when your dad leaves this beautiful world, he goes gently.

I love you sweetie and just know we're all here for you return home and feel lost.

Suzanne said...

for was supposed to me when.


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Anonymous said...


Thinking of you at this time. Do you what you need to do honeybunch.

Peter xxx

Anonymous said...

Hey Cecile,

I've been gone, on vacation but I'm glad to see you're hanging in there.

That was a beautiful post...thank you for that! And don't forget too that you ARE AN AMAZING WOMAN!!!