Henry David Thoreau once wrote, "It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see." I have to admit, when I read this quote it made me take stock and I immediately thought about my recent travels. For the past few weeks I have been able to avoid airplanes and have actually taken road trips. I love road trips. When I was young, taking them were excruciating, but now, much older, I take time to enjoy the drive. While they are every bit as exhausting as they were in my early years, I have to admit that now; these trips are giving me the opportunity to catch all the beautiful things that I once missed.
A few days ago I was working with my daughter on a project for one of her classes at the University and she ran across a quote from a very famous writer, Theodor Geisel, known by most of us as Dr. Seuss. The quote was such a wonderful quote and comes from his book, "Happy Birthday to You". It simply says, "Today You are You, that is Truer than True. There is no one alive who is Youer than You."
Sometimes you wonder why certain things are put on your path. Many times, as you encounter them, they don't seem to make too much sense – they don't match. And this is certainly the case with sunflowers and penguins. At first glance, there is no match.
The song came on. He looked up and began to listen. It reminded him of her. He looked around the nightclub for someone to dance with. "Oh well," he said. It didn't matter. He was stuck in Northern Germany and around him were uninterested locals. He doubted if any spoke fluent English.
He had come to Delmenhorst, a good size community just south of Bremerhaven and the North Sea a few days earlier as a part of a Military Police escort team. It was their job to meet incoming American troops at the many train stations across the northern part of Germany and help those troops deploy by providing escorts through the narrow streets of the Northern German villages. He had been working for three days straight, almost nonstop.