Wednesday, January 22, 2014

There's a beauty about forever.


One time I wrote about a lady who had a serious distaste for the ruin that I call my tattoos. And I thought, one day, I will get to write about the way someone loved them. Because I believe for every person that hates, there's another who loves. With much excitement I share, today is that day where I talk about a lover not a hater. 

The love came in a completely unexpected interaction with a sweet four-year-old girl from Chicago. Her sweet Chi-Town toddler soul swam right up to my southern California born and bred self in the clear, warm waters of a Mexican swimming pool. As her and her twin brother were learning -cautiously- to tread and navigate the tame waters, she floundered and grabbed me thinking I was mom. Quickly realizing I wasn't, she said hi and breathed a relieved breath knowing she wasn't going to have to keep trying to keep afloat. 

"Hi Riley. I'm Amber. It's so nice to meet you."

"You have tattoos. So do I." And she raises her arm to show me the teal, air-brushed dolphin on her right arm. The edges are blurred from all the sun, sand, and salt water that makes Mexico trips official. 

"Riley, it's beautiful. Did it hurt?" 

"Not one bit. But it will go away the longer I swim. Will yours?" As she runs her little pink-nailed fingers over the dark cross and bright roses. She traces the edge of the humming bird's tail as she talks. 

"Mine is forever, Riley. It won't ever go away." 

"I like that. I like that it's forever because it's so beautiful." 

And, from the mouth of a babe, it's decided. There's a beauty about forever. And, there's a foreverness that we all wish for beautiful things. But things hardly last forever do they? My mom's garden roses that bloom for only a season or two. That amazing fruit tart with its bright colors and even more vibrant flavors. Babies, children, adults. It all changes, transforms, morphs and with it the beauty too. 

Thank you sweet Riley for your honesty and appreciation. 

Thank you God for being forever. For not changing with the tides of time or the trends of the season. For realizing few things last more than a minute or two and for enduring longer than all. 

"There is nothing fuller than full and nothing longer than forever, so you cannot offer me anything better than life with Jesus." -John Piper

42 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post Amber. I love this story, and Riley is so right. It's amazing how insightful children can be, often times so much more than adults. I've said it before, but I just love your writing!

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  2. What an adorable interaction and what a wise little one.

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  3. This is so incredibly beautiful.

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  4. That was so cute!!!!! "I like that. I like that it's forever because it's so beautiful." why cant more poeple be like that?! I love her and i dont even know her!"

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  5. I worked at a daycare and the kids were always fascinated by my flower tattoo above my ankle. They will always give you an honest opinion. I also read about the hating lady and I'm just shocked at how rude people can be.

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  6. you know that's legit because kids are HONEST. for real, if they thought something was ugly, they'd straight up say that.

    how adorable was Riley to say that to you? i love talking to children; they give you the most incredible insight that is so simple yet so true. we as (cynical) adults tend to skip over the simplicity of things and over complicate shit and cause drama and pick things apart. it's times like this where i really and truly revel in children; that they are able to see beyond the bullshit that adults often throw on top of something so simple. innocence is a treasure that unfortunately, gets lost as we grow up. sigh.

    kathy
    Vodka and Soda

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  7. I love this! How sweet!

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  8. This interaction is one of my favorite things about children. They take things as they see them and make such sincere observations. That little Riley is a smart one :)

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  9. I love this! You're tattoo is gorgeous and of course I love the meaning behind every little part (and that EVERY part has a meaning and a significance). Many people get tattoos "just because" and I don't think there's anything wrong with that but I think that if there is something we're going to have on our bodies permanently then it should be something of significance.


    In unrelated news, I have my first name in Japanese on my back. Have I ever been to Japan or do I speak Japanese? Nope. Just thought it was pretty. My next one will definitely have a lot more thought and consideration put into it!

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  10. That's just so sweet! I love how open kids are like that. My middle nephew got so excited one day when he saw my tattoo & said "I HAVE to show you mine!" and rolled up his sleeves to show off the temporary tattoos that he got as reward for successful potty training. I loved it :)

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  11. I love what comes out of the mouth of babes, and they are so honest! I have learned so much about life, myself and God just from getting to be a mommy to lil Stella bear!

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  12. I love how children view life. It's so beautiful and wonderful and honest.

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  13. I'm so grateful that God is forever--out of everything else in life. And what an awesome encounter with that little one!

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  14. This truly is so beautiful!!! :-)

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  15. Such a great post. I love the honesty of kids!

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  16. Beautiful post!
    xx Tia
    acaffeinatedbrunette.com

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  17. God is forever and I love it.
    Also, you're a good writer. Like, amazing actually.

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  18. "I like that. I like that it's forever because it's so beautiful." Oh my goodness... that has to be about the cutest thing EVER! :) My nieces and nephew called my tattoo a "stamp" when they first noticed it. "Aunt MeeMee, why do you have a stamp on your finger?" :) So cute. :)

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  19. I just read your other post too! So beautiful! Little kids always ask me if I wrote on myself and usually add "my mom wont let me do that!" lol. i love it :)

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  20. This is beautiful! Children can brighten anyone's day!

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  21. Goosebumps as always with your writing my doll!! I just loved this so much. I love the meaning behind your tattoo, the meaning of forever and the love of Jesus.
    Also our eldest niece is Rylee so of course I loved it even more :-)

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  22. Oh Brit, you're so sweet.. Just like Riley! :) There's something about kids that just warms my soul, even when they're being brutally honest because you know that it's coming to a sweet little spot in their hearts!

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  23. So you're going to have one soon enough and it's going to say hilarious and wonderful things that you're going to tell me all about so I can share in the joy of it?

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  24. RIGHT?!? Hey, how about we are determined not to hate on one another and just enjoy the beautiful things before us in honest and sweet ways? Let's add that to the list of wonderful things we're going to do this year!

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  25. It's it LOVELY how sweet and fascinated they can be without any of the "rules" that us adults apply to one another. My favorite thing is to watch two kids play together at the park while their moms aren't giving any attention to one another. Some how they speak volumes about the kindness of the human spirit. :)

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  26. I thought it was just my baby fever that made me love, love, LOVE everything that kids bring to the table. There's something lovely about the way they are consistently honest and in ways that are sweetly spirited and honest regardless of what circumstances are going on around them. :)


    Time to kick some of the adult drama and take on an air of sweet childlike self. (and there's my goal for the week!)

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  27. Right? And their ability to kick what all the other kids are thinking or worrying about just warms my soul. All the while us adults are looking side to side to see what the other people seem to be feeling… NO THANK YOU.

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  28. There was definitely very little "just because" behind this one or the others that I have… But the problem I have is that I just can't get enough! ;) I don't want to be covered in tattoos (at least not at this point in my life) but love the look and the beauty of them so I can't seem to keep myself completely away!


    I love how pretty Japanese characters are, especially when they're in a line. There's a beauty in the way they are like drawings but they also communicate something. It's like a mix between language and art. :)

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  29. I ADORE the excitement kids feel over their own "tattoos". We're going to see my nephews this weekend and they haven't seen it yet… I can't wait to see their reactions to the new ink because last time we saw each other I didn't have anything! :)

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  30. And how do we capture that essence and put it back out into the adult world? (because goodness knows I need more of it)

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  31. This is something about having sweet babes of my own that make me so excited… How lovely it will be to have their honest selves reminding me about the good God that we love!

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  32. Oh Rachael. You, sweet soul, make my day. :)

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  33. A stamp. LOVE IT. Mine might be a touch to big to be called a stamp, but a drawing for surely. :) We're going to visit my nephews this weekend for the first time since I got my tattoo so it will be fun to hear what they have to say about it! :)

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  34. Yes! I remember getting in trouble as a kid for writing on myself… Who knew that years later I'd go and get a permanent drawing on me? Not me, I tell you! :)

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  35. Oh girl, you're sweet soul is always such an encouragement and blessing to me. Thank God for His forever-ness and the way that He manages to outdo the beauty of all the things we treasure so much!

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  36. I know it! me too! I have two and even want more :)


    www.oakandoats.com

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  37. Gah! Kids say the most wonderful things! I think your tattoo is beautiful; it's meaning and the actual tattoo. You wear it well, you wear it proud, and that's all that really matters.

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