When he was young, my son loved to go on walks, using his keen little-boy eyes to scout for treasures. What parent hasn’t experienced the excitement (and apprehension) of unloading a little fellow’s pockets on laundry day? After a particularly fortuitous walk, he presented me with a stone. He didn’t really say anything; the message was the stone itself: it was shaped like a heart.

The heart-shaped stone has sat on my kitchen windowsill ever since, a reminder of feelings that are apparent even when not spoken. Love lives in this house. Over the years, the heart-shaped stone has shared its space on the windowsill with other serendipitous objects: heart-shaped jelly beans, toy hearts, flower petals. . .while peeling a butternut squash for Thanksgiving dinner, we discovered the cross-sectioned interior resembled a heart, and briefly flirted with the idea of displaying it alongside the stone. But my soup recipe was calling, and stones don’t draw fruit-flies.

I picked up the heart-shaped stone today while clearing away some other kitchen clutter. I held it in my hand and smiled. Once evident of a little boy’s love for Mommy, it continues to remind me to look for the love that’s all around; to look for love in unexpected places. The heart-shaped stone will always reside on my windowsill. And when I’m gone, I want it to be passed along so its message abides.

 ~ All you need is love.

~ And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.

~ Brief is life, but love is long.

~ For God so loved the world,He gave His only begotten son.

~ And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.

The Heart-Shaped Stone


One thought on “HEART-SHAPED STONE

  1. My youngest is almost 8. He still has that “eye” that finds special things like this & he’s always amazed when he does find them. I just love it & I am trying desperately to rejuvenate some of that simple excitement in myself. This is a great story!

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