Friday, July 9, 2010

The Bigger Picture: My friend Molly (and a blog award)

This is a picture of my friend Molly and my niece playing with sparklers on the Fourth of July.    While the rest of her family is in South Africa for the World Cup (yes, seriously), she came to spend the day with us.  I've known Molly for about twenty years, and she's my son's Godmother.   She's an amazing person, but I'm afraid to admit that sometimes I forget that.  Then,  while we were watching the local parade she did something to remind me of how remarkable she is . . .  something so simple and so Molly.  There was a little boy riding in the rumble seat of a vintage car in the parade.  And he was not happy. He was pouting and on the verge of tears.  Molly saw him, walked up to his car and gave him a flag.  He started waving the flag and a smile erupted on his face.  The next thing you know, he was waving it for all he was worth, and you could tell he thought he was the Grand Marshall!  This is the sort of moment my friend Molly can create:
At the same time, she created this tender moment between a mother and son:

Because that's the kind of person she is.  She knows when a simple act of kindness can transform a person's day.  I'm really glad she's a part of our life.

This post was inspired by a wonderful website called "the bigger picture blogs" which encourages you to stop and notice the important things in life.  Tammy Lee of the wonderful blog, the Blogging Bradleys, brought it to my attention.  Tammy Lee also awarded me a blog award: Cherry on Top .  To fulfill the award, I needed to post a picture I love (and the one above definitely qualifies); add the blog award picture:
List three things I love about myself:
I'm smart;
I volunteer to help in my community; and
I'm open to trying new things in my art.
Pass the award on to other bloggers - here's a few of my newest favorite blogs:
Myths of Melissamyths;
Gingerstamp Creations;
Paper Crows and Dragonflies.
Check out the blogs if you're looking for some new fun!
And thank the person who gave you he award:
Thanks Tammy Lee!!!
I almost forgot - the photograph yesterday was take at Lombard Street in San Francisco, known as the crookedest street in the world.  You can read more about it here.


Amy said...

Thankyou very much for the links to some new blogs. Molly sounds like a wonderful friend - someone to treasure and share great times with.

scrappyjacky said...

Molly sounds like a great person to know. Congrats on the off to look at those recommended blogs.

Cheri said...

Kudos to Molly for saving the day for that little boy! And to you for recognizing the value of the moment. And you totally deserve the award.

Deb @ PaperTurtle said...

Aw...I love the story about Molly. Very sweet indeed. xo

Sian said...

Molly sounds like a wonderful friend to have. And this is a good award to have been given :) more blogs to look at..

humel said...

Yay Molly, good for her :-)

And congrats on your award! xx

Tammy Lee Bradley said...

So richly deserved. Keep on inspiring us! ♥tlb

debs14 said...

A lovely story and lovely photographs to illustrate it. Thanks for the heads up on the new blogs!

Connie Lutz said...

WOnderful story - and congrats on the blog recognition!

melissamyth said...

I love that story, and he looks so happy :) The simplest thing can change a mood. And congrats on the award!