Heart Happy (cathy_edgett) wrote,
Heart Happy

More on "ordinary" -

In thinking of what is ordinary, I was reminded of two books by Sue Bender. One is Plain and Simple, and the other is Stretching Lessons.  In Plain and Simple,  Sue, a Berkeley wife, mother, and artist, goes for a time to stay with the Amish to learn from them.   Here is something she learns.

"I never knew what to say if someone asked me at a party, "What do you do?" Artist, writer, therapist, wife, mother - I would be judged by the label I chose.  The Amish make no distinction.  No one is labeled cook, quilter, or housewife. In fact, standing out would be a false pride.  I remembered Miriam saying,

    "Making a batch of vegetable soup, it's not right for the carrot to say I taste better than the peas, or the pea to say I taste better than the cabbage.  It takes all the vegetables to make a good soup!"

Sue continues, "Maybe one of these days I'll be able to give myself a gold star for being ordinary, and maybe one of these days I'll give myself a gold star for being extraordinary - for persisting.  And maybe one day I won't need to have a star at all."  

May that be so for each of us, and when we don't need a star at all, perhaps we better see all the stars in the sky.

After all, as Masahide said,

    My house burned down.

    I now see better

    the rising moon.

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