Tuesday, December 08, 2009

you become what you do

You become what you do. We are shaped from the outside in ... So we do the Works of Mercy, we bend and we kneel, even when our head is clouded and our spirit is grudging. We cross ourselves even as our faith fails. We light candles and sing "O Radiant Light, O Sun Divine," even when the world seems dark.

~ Mary Margaret Nussbaum ~
from her essay
"Hope Is Our Means"

My mom is here visiting. My dad's birthday is today. He's 87.

I also get to celebrate another birthday today. This one happened last month and we are just getting together.

to Forest Grove
to Portland
to Bonneville
to Portland
to Forest Grove
to Portland.

You become what you do...

I wonder if that means I will become a car.

Happy birthday, Dad.


Carrie Wilson Link said...

But you're not "doing" car, you're "doing" love. Yes. That's what you are.

Susan O'Neil said...

WELL SAID Carrie! thanks for saying it for all us!

Deb Shucka said...

Carrie got the best words here. I hope you enjoy your parents' company.

Joan said...

Yes, you ARE doing love. Wish I was there to do it with you!