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Got to be Real: The Bloom

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By Shonna Sheckles

By SHONNA SHECKLES

As I peer out my kitchen window, I see a small rosebud peeking back at me from my rose garden. I started thinking one morning, soon this bud with the help of the sun, rich dirt, my husband’s watering and nurturing, will become a beautiful bloom. As Mother’s Day approached, I felt that my two children are my two blooms.

As a parent, I think it is my duty to attend to the nurturing of these two young minds.

When I think back to how happy I was to find out that I had been blessed not only once, but twice to bring a new life into this world, I became overwhelmed with the thought I had been charged by God to watch over his children for a time such as this.

As I reflect back on the birth of my daughter and son, I know how scared I was, but wanting to experience the miracle of birth all at the same time. I had planned to be the type of parent who like the rosebush, to stand the test of times with my children in good and bad. I wanted them to bloom and blossom into a kind, smart and good-mannered spirit. 

I wanted to teach them we all bloom differently, we all come in all different shapes, sizes and shades. I planned to teach them to be OK with themselves and who they were intended to be.

In today’s world the twist and turns of life are just like a heavy rainstorm that beats down upon the delicate petals of the roses in my earthly garden, I have witnessed how the rosebush falls over after a brutal beating of the rain, and then when the sun comes out and dries the raindrops, all at once the bush stands tall and again continues to bloom, and faces the sun — the source of its strength  — and opens wider, and wider day by day.

As a parent, these are the qualities, like the rose bush, I hope I have provided my children with over the years. Stand tall, be diligent, brave the storms of life and never forget you are a beautiful bloom from a very strong and sturdy foundation.

I hope everyone had a happy Mother’s Day.

Shonna Sheckles lives in Bardstown and works in Elizabethtown. She can be reached with reader comments at kyclassie78@hotmail.com.

Shonna Sheckles lives in Bardstown and works in Elizabethtown.
She can be reached with reader comments at kyclassie78@hotmail.com.