camden, maine



If, years from now, a young man reads this blog, and if that young man has a wife, and children, and a consuming career, and a house, and is in contract on a new house, and… if you, dear young man, think that time is too precious to break for a vacation with your wife and little children, then you are wrong.

We are in Camden, Maine, staying at my sister in law’s home.  There is a beautiful meadow that runs down to the beach, and there, on that rocky shore, my sons and my nephews are having the time of their life.  Climbing rocks, catching hermit crabs, making snorkels out of straws, laughing.

Here is Eoin, my cool little nephew, relaxing on a towel, on the beach.  He was just a boy, a year ago. He’s almost a man now.

Why is it that we parents are forever anxious to see what is round the bend, forever hoping that today will become tomorrow, forever wishing that our kids would grow up healthy and strong, and yet we fail to see the beauty in them now, today, this moment, with the beautiful sun shining on their strong shoulders.  Jesus taught us to leave tomorrow in God’s hands, and to bask in the gifts, the joy, that we have today.


Here is my homage to today, to the moment.

One Reply to “camden, maine”

  1. Good Morning!

    I enjoyed your drawings and reflection – especially Now… having Grandchildren, one can see how fleeting – yet, how extra ordinary, the moments are…. thank you.

    I wrote this after my walk… earlier this month… July 2014 Stony Brook

    For A Moment

    For a moment, sit still …
    What summons, gathers
    holds together and releases –
    this extra – ordinary company
    of Air, Sun, sand, and soil
    Water, Breath, bee, and botanical wonder
    that gives birth to this intoxicating aroma
    found in the fragrance of a delicate petal
    nurtured in the garden
    displayed and adorned
    in the thorny
    yet brittle

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