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The June bug
by Juanita Pittman-Brown
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Recently, I had one of those little creative thoughts; and at that time, I was in the presence of a lovely physician who I sporadically see in my work. He has a warm and genuine manner and a great sense of humor. He is always very pleasant and kind. I thought I would share my thought with him, and he in his lovely way smiled at my comment. I not only got to enjoy my thought, but I was endowed the gift of his company and his kind reception of my thought. It is wonderful to see great people like this physician who maintain such a great outlook on life and share their warmth with others.

I hope that you enjoy the story of the June bug. May it make you smile and bring you joy and perhaps even memories of your childhood.

The June bug

I would like to relate a little story about my life to you. As it goes, from good choices to bad choices; from good relationships to bad relationships; from good decisions to bad decisions; from being in the right place at the right time to being in the wrong place at the wrong time; and simply from being; I have had ups and downs in life as we all do and have. It is only through God’s grace that I have survived and succeeded on any level, and it will be by His grace that one day I am with Him in heaven. I look forward to that time and the glory I will come to know, but until then I will press on each and every moment I have in this realm.

I would like to share my idea of how my life has evolved and how I today find myself where I am. There has been much good and much bad in my life, and at the age of 60, I have determined that it is in my best interest to live every moment when at all possible in positive. This said, I realize and accept the fact that there will be moments of disappointment and sadness and any variation thereof; however, I intend to do my very best to see the good in the situation and to find the good to come in every circumstance in which I find myself. I believe that to do otherwise will take away from the good that I potentially could come to know.

In this light, I thought about a June bug. It is amazing to me how the June bug seems to love to sit atop a “cow paddie”. How true of my life. I have loved to sit on the “cow paddie” at times. I actually think I have found it to be ?warm and to be ?comforting; however, the stench of it certainly does take away any flavor of goodness it may possess. I think its only true purpose is to fertilize the lovely daisies in the pasture and to keep the grass a beautiful shade of green. From this, I thought how God has allowed me to be in my own misery at times and to learn how it feels to be as low as a June bug can go. After this reality check, I realized that the June bug, as I recall as a child, has wings and it will fly and buzz and soar for a season. Then I thought well it is like God allowed me to see the beauty above the “cow paddie” and gave me wings to fly. After this thought, I remembered as a child how we tied a string to the leg of a June bug and watched it fly in the air. This was like a tether to allow the June bug to fly and yet to get it back when we wanted. I think that our connection to God as we fly our wings in this life is that tether that He lovingly maintains with us as He protects us even from our own destruction as He allows us to see the beauty of life. It is truly amazing to me what God will place atop a “cow paddie”. I would like to share with you too that the view is absolutely beautiful from the eyes of the June bug, the freedom is wonderful, and the safety of the line to the one who loves it is remarkable.

When you walk in the pasture, do be sure to watch where you step, for you may be stepping on the very reason that the June bug was created and you may be destroying the very reason that it learned to fly.

Thank you Dr. H. for allowing me to share my "creative thought" with you.

"Thought, sharing, and a smile sometimes allow the CREATIVE THOUGHT to flower and spread a SWEET FRAGRANCE about that others may share".

The "cow paddie"

Oh the wonders of
The cow paddie
In the pasture there
As the June bug
Finds a place to sit
In the summer air...

Yet to be
The June bug
Will fly about
To see
The beauty far below --
It is then the June bug
Will tell you
It is so...

It is so
That without
The cow paddie
There would be
No daisies
Or meadow green
And in that
The cow paddie
Has helped
Make the pasture
A more beautiful
Earthly scene...

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Juanita Pittman-Brown
June 8, 2006

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marcia morris 07 Oct 2007
Very nice write about nature. Keep writing!


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