Sunday, October 30, 2011

Soul Food #113~

A dear young woman../friend.. sent me this story ..this week in the mail..with some other wonderful stories and poems.. some dried leaves and flowers..some special artwork and a handwritten note..~An envelope full of grace..

A group of students studied the Seven Wonders of the world. At the end of that section, the students were asked to list what they considered to be Seven Wonders of the modern world.

Though there was some disagreement, the following got the most votes:

1. Egypt's Great Pyramids,
2. Taj Mahal,
3. Grand Canyon,
4. Panama Canal,
5. Empire State Building,
6. St. Peter's Basilica,
7. China's Great Wall.

Gathering the votes, the teacher noted that one student, a quiet student, hadn't turned in his paper yet. So she asked him if he was having trouble with his list.

The guy replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there were so many."

The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have, and maybe we can help."

The young man hesitated, then read, "I think the Seven Wonders of the world are:

1. To Touch,
2. To Taste,
3. To See,
4. To Hear,

He hesitated a little, and then added:

5. To Walk,
6. To Laugh,
7. To Love.

The room was so quiet you could hear a pin drop~

Have a wonderful week..

..and Thank you Ollie for your sweet face ..and D for the star studded envelope full of grace.~


  1. Oh Monique that picture is too beautiful and peaceful... a face of an Angel and now that I wipe my tears away, what a smart student with a big heart in the right place~
    P.S. a great photograher too!

  2. xx's back to both of you~:)and O of course~

  3. ...what a gift to receive such a heart felt envelope full of grace. Think she might be a Kindred Spirit.

    Ollie - a sweetie pie. Beautiful portrait!!

    Seven Wonders of The World....and the greatest is Love.

    Blessings - Judy B. Houston Tx

  4. Monique, your pictures always touch my heart.

    No one takes better "grandma" pictures than you.


  5. A student wise beyond his years. That is such a wonderful story and told so well. I can't even imagine not being able to see a sweet face like his or hear his voice.

    What a pleasure it must have been to open that envelope!

  6. What a sweet little face and I agree a very wise young student.

    Your photos are always wonderful!


  7. This is so nice and the picture is lovely. It's the simple things in life that makes you happy.

  8. What a beautiful photo...followed by a beautiful sentiment. I will remember both.

  9. Remarkable child.

    When I despair that our civilization is not worth saving (the image sticks in my head of an alien looking down at us who kill one another and let vast swaths stave while others live in luxury –– that alien trying to decide whether to rid the planet of human vermin or not...) things like this give me hope. Bach gives me hope, those wonders of the world that we have made gives me hope. We are capable of such greatness.

  10. Hi Monique,
    Lovely sentiment, and your grandson is the cutest of little boys...he looks like an angel!

  11. Thank you~

    We look at his little face and know he is our last..and are treasuring every expression.Lucas is 6 and a big boy already..2 still is so innocent.

    D.. Me too words like this give me great hope.
    Take care~

  12. Beautiful photo and wonderful sentiments.....soul food indeed.

  13. Oh Monique, What a gorgeous image! A masterpiece, really!
    And that little story touched my heart!
    xo Yvonne

  14. Beautiful photo and lovely story. :)

  15. Oh how beautiful and so true. I, too, love your photo. It is at once so magical and inspiring. Love all that you write and photograph and cook! Thanks for everything! xxoo

  16. What a beautiful way to start my week...your Ollie has the face of an angel...and what a wonderful story.
    thank you

  17. You have started the week with a wonderful post, Monique. That was a very wise young man.

  18. Wise child! What a wonderful way to start the week; merci Monique.

  19. Lovley story and Olie is gorgeous, Monique!

  20. What a beautiful gift there is truly nothing better than mail and oh your boy he is so gorgeous

  21. You are all so kind and gentle.
    Thank you.

  22. What a beautiful grandchild and such a special grandmother. Your pictures are always heartwarming!

  23. What a treat to return to catching up on my favorite blogs and finding such a special post. Sweet Ollie must be a special joy!


  24. Such lovely sentiment and a sweet face to go with it. You are blessed with beautiful friends and family.

  25. What a beautiful post, Monique. And such a sweet photo of your grandson too! It gives me hope that one of those students was thinking outside the box.

  26. That was wonderful and the photo was perfect!

  27. Beautiful thought and that is the most beautiful photo ever!

  28. A wonderful and inspiring story, made even better by Ollie's angelic face.

  29. To see Ollie's sweet face this morning is a wonderful way to begin the day! What a lovely picture M, a treasure.

    Without a doubt the second list of wonders far exceed the first . . . without a doubt.

  30. Beautiful pic and such sweet words!