Reflections... (searching for what's right in front of you)

was contemplating over what theme I was going to write about, as I couldn't decide between several that I had in my head and that I had jotted down on the little notebook I carry in my purse. And then something wonderful happened. Inspiration walked right in front of me. He opened the refrigerator door, grabbed a bottled water and smiled at me.

His name is Leo, my son. When it comes to finding inspiration in everyday life, I don't have to look very far.

My unbreakable faith in God and Leo (my family) is what keeps me strong every day. Giving him breakfast in the morning and his sleepy-voiced "Good morning, mom" is all I need to start the day. To tell you the truth, my life before Leo seems so distant now because the most memorable parts of the life I've lived involve him.

One of my male friends told me that I speak of him as if he was a young child. He is a teenager now but I still remember the day he was born as if it were yesterday. He will never stop being my child. It's a feeling that's hard to explain, but I'll try.

I once wrote a poem years ago called "The Dinner Table" and in that poem I said that "all roads at the end of the day lead to this." I was talking about being home at the end of the work day and having dinner with my son. My point was that no matter what had happened, whatever challenges, whatever disappointments may have occured, they were all unimportant. Why? Because I knew that at the end of the day I would be home with the most important person to me in the world -- Leo. If all those challenges lead me to being home with Leo, then they were all worth it and I would gladly face them again and again.

I would give up anything at all just for Leo to have a happy life. We all search for purpose in life. I sincerely feel that I was born so Leo could be born. If I happen to find happiness in other things, those are all just bonuses because from the time I was 22-years-old, I found my inspiration. I found my treasure.

So what is yours? I'm sure you don't have to look very far for inspiration. It could be in your heart, your home, in your place of worship, at work or many places, but not far.

 

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.

His name is Leo, my son. When it comes to finding inspiration in everyday life, I don't have to look very far.

My unbreakable faith in God and Leo (my family) is what keeps me strong every day. Giving him breakfast in the morning and his sleepy-voiced "Good morning, mom" is all I need to start the day. To tell you the truth, my life before Leo seems so distant now because the most memorable parts of the life I've lived involve him.

One of my male friends told me that I speak of him as if he was a young child. He is a teenager now but I still remember the day he was born as if it were yesterday. He will never stop being my child. It's a feeling that's hard to explain, but I'll try.

I once wrote a poem years ago called "The Dinner Table" and in that poem I said that "all roads at the end of the day lead to this." I was talking about being home at the end of the work day and having dinner with my son. My point was that no matter what had happened, whatever challenges, whatever disappointments may have occured, they were all unimportant. Why? Because I knew that at the end of the day I would be home with the most important person to me in the world -- Leo. If all those challenges lead me to being home with Leo, then they were all worth it and I would gladly face them again and again.

I would give up anything at all just for Leo to have a happy life. We all search for purpose in life. I sincerely feel that I was born so Leo could be born. If I happen to find happiness in other things, those are all just bonuses because from the time I was 22-years-old, I found my inspiration. I found my treasure.

So what is yours? I'm sure you don't have to look very far for inspiration. It could be in your heart, your home, in your place of worship, at work or many places, but not far.

 

Priscilla Rice is an actor, poet, mother and aspiring samba dancer. She has appeared in several plays at the Latino Cultural Center and helps coordinate a monthly spoken word event at the Oak Cliff Cultural Center. She studied Broadcast Journalism at The University of Texas at Austin and has worked as a radio news/traffic reporter and assignment editor for various television stations. She currently works as an interpreter/translator. She is originally from Crystal City, TX and resides in Dallas with her son, Leo.