Little Boy Blue
by Eugene Field (1850-1895)
The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket moulds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new,
And the soldier was passing fair;
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
Kissed them and put them there.
"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
"And don't you make any noise!"
So, toddling off to his trundle-bed,
He dreamt of the pretty toys;
And, as he was dreaming, an angel song
Awakened our Little Boy Blue---
Oh! The years are many; the years are long,
But the little toy friends are true!
Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
Each in the same old place---
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
The smile of a little face;
And they wonder, as waiting the long years through
In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue,
Since he kissed them and put them there.
When I saw this rusted and faltering tin top, it reminded me of things lost. So many people who really struggle with the loss of someone special; a child, a spouse, a friend, a family member. As we enter the season of thankfulness, there are those who just plain may not feel thankful. I'm not saying that they don't know how blessed they are but, they just struggle in their lives to really be thankful because being thankful without their precious "thread" leaves them exhausted.
Pray for those who will struggle with this sorrow this Thanksgiving time. Pray that God reveals to you specific individuals who need prayer, a friend, a hug, a pie, or a cup of tea.
Have a good weekend!
Fresh Find: Speaking of tea...this is a sweet heart of a cup!