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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Worn out in service

Yesterday my Mom called me from the hospital gift shop where she volunteers wanting to know if we wanted to get Summer a new bunny. Her bunny originally came from a hospital gift shop so we were pretty certain it was the same. At first I was tempted because the bunny started out so silky and soft. (Originally for Emily.)

And now it's all worn out and kind of nasty.

But we ultimately chose to NOT replace it. If we got a new bunny it would be pretty and soft, but it wouldn't be Summer's bunny. Summer's bunny has been loved to pieces-- and it shows. It's been worn out in service, and a new bunny just wouldn't be the same.

Thinking about Summer's bunny reminded me of one of my favorite quotes from Marjorie Hinckley. She said:

"I don't want to drive up to the pearly gates in a shiny sports car, wearing beautifully, tailored clothes, my hair expertly coiffed, and with long, perfectly manicured fingernails. I want to drive up in a station wagon that has mud on the wheels from taking kids to scout camp. I want to be there with a smudge of peanut butter on my shirt from making sandwiches for a sick neighbors children. I want to be there with a little dirt under my fingernails from helping to weed someone's garden. I want to be there with children's sticky kisses on my cheeks and the tears of a friend on my shoulder. I want the Lord to know I was really here and that I really lived."

By the end of my life I want to be like Summer's bunny. (Just a little cleaner.)


Sweetest Of All said...

I totally agree, but can't we pick another color?

Michelle Pyne said...

I love that quote from Sister Hinckley! It reminds me of a similar quote from Pres. Kimball, where he said he wanted his life to be worn out like an old shoe. Same principle.

Audra said...

What a great analogy! And it's true - a replacement just wouldn't be the same.

What a special bunny! You think it's nasty, but I think it's darling.

Elaine said...

I LOVE your blogs, I always feel better after reading them even though sometimes it takes me weeks to get around to checking them out.

Elaine said...

P.S. I'm feeling and looking very similar to the used bunny, but I'm still useful for a hug and loves here and there. Oh you just gave me a wonderful idea for a blog about Kortney's monkey that came with her from her birthmother, I just may get around to put it in my blog.

Abbi said...

Wow, I really like that quote! I've never heard it before. And what a contrast of the bunny from then and now! She really has been loved. How special.

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