Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

Thrice blessed on a Sunday May 5, 2013

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DO YOU EVER EXPERIENCE one of those days when you feel blessed, just blessed?

This Sunday would be such a day.

One of those blessings came in a shoebox, carted to church this morning by my friend Joanne. She spotted two vintage drinking glasses at her son-in-law’s mother’s garage sale yesterday and mentioned my glassware collection. The mother told Joanne to take the two glasses and give them to her friend. That would be me.

And so this morning after the 8 a.m. church service, Joanne handed me that shoebox with two outrageously cheerful glasses, unlike any others in my collection.

Vintage glasses

While I absolutely adore the vintage 70s glasses, I value even more Joanne’s thoughtfulness in giving me something she knows I will use and appreciate. It’s not my birthday, not any special day for me…

The second blessing of the morning came when 2 ½-year-old Mia, who wasn’t feeling well, arrived at my house around 9:30. Her mom, my friend Tammy, had phoned earlier wondering if I could care for Mia while her family attended the confirmation of their eldest son. I didn’t hesitate. The rite of confirmation is too important for parents to miss.

Tammy thought I was doing her a favor. But she was also doing me a favor. Years have passed since I’ve “played dolls” and read picture books to a child. And let me tell you, such child’s play is good for the soul.

Finally, my third blessing of the day came from Cecilia, one of my favorite bloggers, who writes from her “little farm on the prairie” in Illinois. I can’t even tell you how long I’ve read “The Kitchens Garden,” but I cannot imagine my day without a trip to Cecilia’s “farmy.”

She takes me back to my childhood on the southwestern Minnesota prairie, reconnecting me to my roots via her insightful, creative and splendid writing and photography. But more than C’s ability to write well are her compassion and care for both people and animals.

Rather than try to explain, just read this comment posted by Cecilia on my “Hope Unfurls” post published Saturday:

I was out collecting trees the other day and Sandy (The Matriarch) said how she always enjoys your comments, she is so worried about you out there in this infernal snow.. a winter that will not let up is not good for a woman she said, it wears on her, but you have stood up to it with grace and fortitude, not long now I hope, and you will have some flowers. Love from all of us! So proud to be your friend, Audrey. c

Thrice blessed I am this Sunday, dear readers. Thrice blessed.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling

 

14 Responses to “Thrice blessed on a Sunday”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Such a glorious post on this glorious Sunday! The tension of recent stormy days has melted away with the snow leaving us with brilliantly green landscape beneath a shining yellow sun! Blessings, truly, abound! Hugs, D

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    And you deserve it. Especially on a Sunday. The snow is melting, the sun is out and the new week begins full of hope and promise. Thanks for sharing your blessings with us today. The glasses are beautiful!

  3. Marilyn Says:

    It was a blessing to read of your blessings. It gives me a thought: how easily might it be to bestow blessings to others if I possibly can. And if I find I cannot, then I may just possibly do so unknowingly, just because I want to.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      We can bless others in the simplest of ways. One never knows what a smile, a word of encouragement, a note, a “yes,” may do to bless someone.

  4. Jackie Says:

    Dont you just love those kind of days, you were blessed by the beautiful glasses, a child, and a favorite blogger. It’s the small things in life that bring such big blessings! Hope you have a great week with warmer temperatures and most definately, no more snow!!! 🙂

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yes, the NO SNOW should make it a fantastic week. Thank you, Jackie. I am blessed beyond measure by so many caring blogger (and other) friends, you among them. May 18 is the son’s Rochester move-in date.

  5. How lovely is that?!! You know how awful I am about reading blogs every day, but I sure do enjoy the days that I read Cecilia’s, too. 🙂


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