Power of the Flower

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This week, our newest fox asked us, “What have you learned about life so far?”

It’s sometimes difficult for me to grasp the fact that I’m at the age my grandmother was while I was in grade school. At the time, I thought people couldn’t possibly get any older than Grandma! Yet I now am Grandma to nine awesome people, six of them legal adults. One of my granddaughters has two children of her own. I’ve been teaching for forty-two years. So, I should be used to dispensing advice about life in general. But I am far more comfortable asking for advice instead of giving it.

So what have I learned in my six-plus decades on earth?

~ I’ve learned a lot about myself, about the things that are important to me, and about the importance of letting go of things that aren’t so important. Yes, it bothers me when people get details wrong, but in the grand scheme of things, it’s how they treat others that’s more important.

~ I’ve learned about writing, and how the written word has the power to uplift and confirm as well as to cut down and destroy. It wasn’t until I read another author’s stereotypical description of an Asian girl that I realized that I need to be mindful when describing my characters.

~ I’ve learned that most people will respond much better when requests are made with a smile and a compliment. Smiles are the universal sign of acceptance. I’m generally an optimist, so unless someone is determined to be ill-tempered and angry, I’m willing to be a friend.

I’ve learned that there are bad people in the world. People who hurt others for absolutely no reason, or worse yet, because they enjoy seeing people suffer. I’ve spent many agonizing moments worrying about my grandkids and praying that they aren’t taken in by those who would use them and trap them into unsavory situations.

But I’ve also learned that there are many, many good people. People who are willing to help, even when they’re not asked. People who care about strangers. And that we shouldn’t lose faith in good to overcome evil.

After the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, most of us were afraid of what was happening throughout the world. A French reporter happened to interview a young child who expressed the fears many of us had. The child’s father had that most amazing response, and I admire his calm reassurance. There have been many who disagree (one commenter went so far as to call it child abuse to put such nonsense in the boy’s head!), but I choose to interpret this as a way to assure children that good is stronger than evil.

What do you think about this father’s response to his child’s fears?


About Patricia Kiyono

During her first career, Patricia Kiyono taught elementary music, computer classes, elementary classrooms, and junior high social studies. She now teaches music education at the university level. She lives in southwest Michigan with her husband, not far from her five children, nine grandchildren (so far), and great-granddaughters. Current interests, aside from writing, include sewing, crocheting, scrapbooking, and music. A love of travel and an interest in faraway people inspires her to create stories about different cultures. Check out her sweet historical contemporary romances at her Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Patricia-Kiyono/e/B0067PSM5C/
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9 Responses to Power of the Flower

  1. We need more men like the papa! Reassuring his son that by the flowers and candles there are more good people than bad.

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    beautiful moment between father and son… and I’m glad the person interviewing them didn’t insert himself into that experience.
    Patricia, your points are beautifully expressed. This is another of those occasions when I could almost re-type everything you’ve said here for my own Thursday commentary.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      Yes, the reporter was wise to let them talk. I saw another video of this father and son interviewed later by Anderson Cooper, and it was impressive to see them responding in English.

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  3. It was a beautiful moment between them, but I would have preferred the father ended that little message by reassuring his son that God is in control and there to watch over us. He won’t allow anything to happen for which He doesn’t have a purpose, even if we don’t understand the purpose…yet.

    Evil exists in this fallen world. Man brought it upon himself when Adam fell, but someday Almighty God will make all things right again.

    Hopefully, the dad will say more when they are alone. I know a lot of people are reluctant to talk about God when not in private. I pray they both find peace in a loving God.

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    • Patricia Kiyono says:

      I’m sure they had more private discussions, and I know that parts of the interview were cut. One of the commenters said that there’s a longer video of this interview, but I didn’t find it.

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  4. That father has is correct. The flowers and the candles are the good in the world. The good people outnumber the evil. You can’t run and hide because of the evil in the world, you just have to do good to counteract it.
    I love how calm the father is, how he explains things to his child.


  5. Elaine Cantrell says:

    It was a beautiful moment between father and son.


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