2013-09-25 “In The Eyes Of A Child”

Sometimes at Funeral Homes we can sense that there is a tension in families for whatever reason…actually it’s pretty normal.    And then someone will come in with a baby and the tension is lifted; as if at least for a moment the common bonds that once held the family together are remembered and the ills are forgotten; forgiven.  Children have unbelievable powers in our lives…our own children, our nieces and nephews, our grandchildren and our great-grandchildren.  So many times I have heard stories of parents taking a newborn to the Nursing Home to see a great grandparent and something clicks; a re-connection with reality…a smile…a moment of pure and simple happiness.  I’ve said before that being a father and a grandfather has been the most rewarding part of my life.  As my youngest grandson Graham sat on my lap last week I stole the moment to press my face against his…his soft skin, his little ear on my cheek…the ordinary days that I will remember forever.  When I found Darrell after his accident, I remembered pressing my face against his like I did when he was little because if the worst was to happen, I didn’t want to forget how that felt.  How many times have you seen a video clip of a small child laughing a belly-laugh and it has made you believe that the world is full of goodness… that their laughter is the very language of God…that there is more to life than darkness and pain.  And you felt that it’s okay to smile and love and forgive.  A line of one of my favourite songs is “In the eyes of a child there is joy, there is laughter, there is hope, there is trust, a chance to shape the future.  For the lessons of life, there is not better teacher than to look through the eyes of a child.