“Yes?” Christopher looked down at his 5-year-old grandson.

“I really like this place.”

Christopher smiled. “So do I, Joey.”

They sat in silence for awhile.



“I heard Mom say something about you being sick. Is it true?”

Christopher put his hand on Joey’s shoulder. “It is.”

The boy stared at the water for a moment before he spoke again. “Are you going to be okay?”

Christopher hesitated for a moment. He didn’t want to lie to the boy. “I’m not sure. But for now, let’s just enjoy this moment and this beautiful place. Okay?”

The boy stared at him for a moment before nodding. “Okay. I really do like this place.”

Still growing

Normally Sara lived to hike, but lately she had trouble just getting herself out of bed.

So when her boyfriend kept trying to drag her along on this hike, she wasn’t sure she wanted to go. He seemed so eager for her to come along though, so finally she relented.

Her sadness continued along the path through the park, though she still tried to smile since her boyfriend seemed to be having a good time.

Then she spotted something in the rocks and bent down, and she did something she hadn’t done on a long time. She genuinely smiled. Somehow that little flower growing out of this rock gave her hope. If this flower wouldn’t quit growing, neither would she.