This piece was written as a response to Sadje’s ‘What Do You See #120” post. She has given us a photo to serve as inspiration which you can see by clicking here.
“Look, a vacation package to see The Great Pyramids. I am adding this to my bucket list.”
“What is a bucket list?”
“It’s a list of things you want to do before you die. You know, before you kick the bucket.”
“It seems crude.”
“Aw come on, there must be places you would love to go. Or things you want to do – the daring things. Jump from an airplane? Tightrope walk over Niagra Falls?”
“No. I’m good.”
“You cannot have done all you hope to do. No one has all their hopes and dreams realized.”
“Perhaps we aren’t meant to see and do everything.”
“Well, I am going out with a bang. Nothing left undone for me! You are definitely missing out.”
The conversation was interrupted by a fragile voice choking back tears.
“Gramma, I smashed my finger. Can you kiss it?”
Sarah smiled as she kissed the pudgy little finger and dried the tears running down her granddaughter’s cheek. She glanced outside just as a red tailed hawk swooped from the treetops just missing the mouse scurrying under the bird feeder.
Perhaps she would never see the pyramids or climb Mount Everest or jump from an airplane, but Sarah had seen something more. She had seen a glimpse of hope for the future deep in the two huge brown eyes of a four year old.