....Is the new challenge this week at Inspiration Avenue.
Aside from the obvious, breathing is a good thing, it is necessary to live any kind of life. When I began thinking about the word "breathe" everything we breathe in involves "scents", things that we smell.
When you think of things we smell, that is of course is a two sided coin, not always pleasant things like smog, trash, body odors, old perfume, etc. I was thinking more along the lines of things I like to smell and breathe in. Things that make you breath in and exhale with a feeling of euphoric, calmness and gratefulness.
These are some of the things that came right to my mind:
The smell of a baby
Fresh air after a rain shower
The scent of something baking from your childhood
A long tight hug
The scent of a rose..breathing in it's fragrance and exhaling in gratitude that they are on loan to us..
The smell of sunshine on fresh towels and linens after drying on the clothes line.
That was the entry I wanted to do, making a altered page showing one half of the page with ugly things we are forced to breathe and the other half with things that make us want to breathe more. However, one of the things that came to my mind was a long time neighbor who smoked most all of his life. When the time came for him to retire and enjoy his life, it was all taken from him. When he went to check his mail it took everything in him. He wore an oxygen tank and took two baby steps, bent down to breathe, two baby steps more, bending down to breathe and repeating the process until he reached the mail box. Everything in me wanted to run and retrieve his mail. His wife's response was, "No, this is what he looks forward to". I immediately knew that none of the above things really matter much if you can't breathe.
So this is my heartfelt submission:
"IF BREATHING IS IMPORTANT TO YOU AND THE ONES YOU LOVE, PLEASE DON'T SMOKE"!
My father died March 1, 2004. Smoking killed him.
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