Tuesday, November 16, 2010

One Shot Wednesday

Red Kettle Symphony

Walking down the gray wet sidewalk
my ears are attracted to the familiar
sound: ring, ring, ring, ring
My eyes search for your direction
and my feet keep walking forward...

I turn the corner and there you are.
Lone soul on a mission.
Nose red and purple from the cold,
but your smile is warm and your spirit bright.....

I approach you without a sound
my fingers releasing the silver coins.
"Thank you! God Bless" you say
"You too" I answer as I start
down the gray wet sidewalk.....

It's that time of year again. The Salvation Army Bell ringers are out in full force. My father taught me at a young age to always have extra change in the car, or my purse or pockets so I could give when this season arrived. It was exciting as a child to run up to the bucket and deliver a handfull of change, and it still is exciting to do this as an adult. I have taught my children this lesson as well and as soon as we see a bell ringer they are getting their money ready. My oldest and I have rung the bell as well. They are a terrific reminder of the spirit of the season: to give to others, to lend a helping hand, to be Jesus with skin on....


  1. smiles. T is ringing the bell on friday...and it is a great reminder...

  2. nice :-) you captured it beautifully!

  3. A wonderful charity, but I can't say I'm a big fan of the noisy bells... maybe if they played wind chimes or something less jarring? (LOL!)

    Ring-a-ding-ding! Your One Shot's just the thing!

  4. It is a really wonderful charity. I loved your title and the "jesus with skin on" - that was brilliant. A beautiful reminder that a little adds up to a lot.

  5. A great literary write to stress the import of a fine charity!

  6. A great thought and a beautiful verse...

    ॐ नमः शिवाय
    Om Namah Shivaya
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  7. Wow. You've captured it perfectly. (And you are a GREAT Mom! I love how you teach your children by example and involvement, letting them experience the lesson instead of just "hearing" it!)

  8. Of course, the phrase "Jesus with skin on" leads one to think of its opposite...

    Jesus with skin OFF! (Yikes!)

  9. Solid work, familiar scenario gets well-written treatment.

  10. The Salvation Army does a lot of good work..