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Joy: From the Ground Up

If You Believe May 1, 2014

Filed under: Man's Best Friend — Wiley Schmidt @ 9:57 pm
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I saw something today I can’t back. It’s one of those things in life you can’t un-see. Or un-hear. Or, in my dear forever mom’s case, she can’t take back. She peed herself a little today. I watched it happen. And apparently it was something that just happens. Or so the infamous “they” say.

It started out innocent enough. It was bath time. Carter was happy. Mom was happy. Her friend Dorian was happy. And so it was bath time and we were all happy and then it happened. Dorian said something funny and I don’t even remember what it was. Neither does mom. Certainly Carter doesn’t remember such things. But he kicked (happily) and mom and Dorian laughed and the next thing you know…well…Happy Blogging!

I don’t know how to describe it other than to say it was funny. For me, maybe more than mom. But I realized shortly thereafter that might be the point of such things. Sometimes there are things in life that don’t make sense. These things frequently take us by surprise – good or bad, these are the moments that stick with us. That make us remember things. Silly as they may be, it doesn’t matter.

Because in that moment I was reminded of the importance of believing in people. Sure, they will let you down from time to time. They may even pee themselves. But they care. Ultimately that is what really matters anyway, right? At least that was the case according to American anthropologist Margaret Mead.

“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world,” she said. “For indeed that’s all who ever have.”

I saw something today. It was silly and embarrassing and my mom would probably kill me if she knew I was telling you. But alas, I am sharing the story because I feel the lesson is worthwhile. Sometimes you need to believe there is humor in this world. Sometimes you need to believe. It’s as simple as that.