It was Sunday afternoon so our daughters were home from school.
My wife said, “We’re going to the pumpkin patch to get our Halloween pumpkin. Wanna come?”
“No,” I said, “I’ve got work to do.”
I figured there was always next year to take the kids to the pumpkin patch.
The years went by.
There were many missed pumpkin patches, Christmas trees, and family outings.
I never had any regrets in life.
I was always strong and committed to doing my work and providing for my family.
But the seasonal pumpkin patches of one form or another I missed, I now regret.
The years went by in a flash.
How I wish I got up and went with my family… to the pumpkin patch, through the years, in all its diverse and wondrous forms.
When I was a kid, my childhood seemed to last forever.
But my kids’ childhoods. Well for me, they went by in a flash.
Now the computerized picture frame on my shelf scrolls through family scenes from years gone by.
And there’s the one they took at that pumpkin patch.
Where was I?
Michael Mamas’ honesty and forthrightness is so inspiring to me. If I had to be some perfect person to become enlightened, I could never do it. His revealing of his humanness is a guide to all on a spiritual path.
Gave me chills.
I have been truly amazed many times by the man I call my teacher. Sometimes it has been in regards to the (sometimes mystical) things he has said and done. Other times it was from witnessing his efforts to save the world. From our first meeting I knew I had met an extremely rare individual. I now have been yet amazed again at a level of humility and honesty that I will forever aspire to achieve.
Thank you for this blog Brahmarshi
You were out saving the world. I’m so very sorry it was an either/or situation.
So many facets…..
this was touching
Don’t worry, Michael. You haven’t missed ALL the pumpkin patches. Awareness is half the “battle”. 😉
This is so honest and speaks the truth of so many of us. It is said without judgement , just honest contemplation for us to ponder on our own. Thank you.
Thank you for the reminder. As a new parent, I want to treasure the day to day moments of joy.
You were loving the smiles and joyous stories they brought home after their excursions. You are always with them, they you.