Oh those shitty smells of life!

In a beautiful rich setting of green valleys and cherry trees and abundance of flowers and fruit orchards and in the midst of dairy farms there  I lived while I was raising my children.  My daughter who was still a preschooler had a very big love for flowers- she delighted in their color and smells.  She was such a girl- she was all about frilly dresses and pink!  Many drives we took every spring  things were at their peak color that some shitty smells would pervade the entire valley.  Sometimes so pungent it would cause your nose-hairs to curl!

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Cherry Blossoms

Dairy, bird and pig farmers in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver, Canada are constantly spreading out the liquid gold into the fields that grows the food for the critters and mankind alike using wise farming practices.  The best time to spread is early spring just before tilling the soil for new crops and also in the fall after the final harvests for the year.  It can result in a cloud of unpleasant smells that waft over the gentle ocean breeze.

It was one of those many trips that my daughter would revolt and impress me with the amount she determined that this was outright suffering.  One day I had a brilliant idea- well I do have one every so often!  I told her that the shitty smells she was so offended at was really the way that flowers got to be so colorful, so pretty and best of all those lovely perfumes.  The looks she gave me was priceless!  Incredulous disbelief!  But it was a true teaching moment.

Pretty flowers?

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Marsh Mallows

I explained to her that those awful shitty smells were organics that were breaking into nutrients that feeds the soil.  And, that when the soils are fed properly then the soil would be able to grow succulent fruits and vegetables and grow wondrous flowers that smelled so nice.  And so even though all those shitty smells were unpleasant- she could know that all the stink would somehow be the necessity for the good things to come out of it

Somehow my explanation made sense to her as she rarely complained after that and her comments to her older brothers when they complained was to inform them that after all from the stink comes good things.

Life’s Lessons

Life- all of life including  BDSM ,  M/s,  D/s or whatever we embrace – is so often full of painful and shitty things.  How we think matters.  We can just complain and only view the shitty side- or we can choose to look for the good.  Out of pain and hurt comes healing.  And from the “oppsies”  come lessons learned- some more valuable than others.  There is an old chorus that some of us have sang in youth groups and around campfires.  I remember June Carter Cash singing it!  the lyrics are:

Well there’s a dark and a troubled side of life.
There’s a bright and a sunny side too.
But if you meet with the darkness and strife,
The sunny side we also may view.

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Hosta flowers

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we keep on the sunny side of life.

Oh, the storm and its fury broke today,
Crushing hopes that we cherish so dear.
Clouds and storms will in time pass away.
The sun again will shine bright and clear.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life.

Let us greet with a song of hope each day.Vinpeachlily
Though the moments be cloudy or fair.
Let us trust in our Savior always,
To keep us, every one, in His care.

Keep on the sunny side, always on the sunny side,
Keep on the sunny side of life.
It will help us every day, it will brighten all the way,
If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life.

If we’ll keep on the sunny side of life- THAT is the key!

Serafina's Soliloquies Awful Smells in Life
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