Friday, February 27, 2009

Seven Wonders of the World

The number "seven" is a good and important number to me and was to my husband because we are blessed with seven "wonder" children.

It is interesting how many people will ask a couple, with a laugh, as if no one had thought to ask before; "Are you Catholic or just careless that you had so many children?"
We sometimes just smiled with them but sometimes replied we had hoped for eight children but had stopped with seven because "seven" in the Bible means "perfection" and "completion."
Then one day a college girl asked a more respectful question; "Mrs Shaw, was it your decision or was it your husband's or a joint decision to have seven children?"

Pleiade (PLEE-uhd), a noun meaning a group of (usually seven) brilliant persons or things. It is a word I love!
It reminds me of my husband's poetic words about each of "our seven," He loved to say, "if I had searched the ramparts of heaven, I could not have found a more wonderful baby."
To the left is the photo of the Pleiades Star Cluster. All kinds of myths are written about this seven star formation. "Seven" continues to be an interesting number.
A group of students were asked to list their present "seven wonders of the world."
Though some disagreement, the following got the most votes:
l. Egypt's Great Pyramids
2. Taj Mahal
3. Grand Canyon
4. Panama Canal
5. Empire State Building
6. St. Peter's Basilica
7. China's Great Wall

While gathering the votes the teacher noted that one student hadn't turned in her paper and was still thoughtfully working. She asked the girl if she was having trouble with her list.

The girl replied, "Yes, a little. I couldn't quite make up my mind because there are so many." The teacher said, "Well, tell us what you have and maybe we can help."

The girl hesitated and then read from her paper, "I think the seven wonders of the world are...
l. To Touch
2. To Taste
3. To See
4. To Hear...She hesitated a little and then added...
5. To Feel
6. To Laugh
7. To Love"

The most "wonder filled" things in life are often the things we take for granted.


Terrell said...

A great post, Mother. I think, as their writing prompt tomorrow, I'll ask my students to list their seven wonders and see what they come up with. Afterwards, I'll give them both of
your lists.

Carol said...

I feel so lucky to be one of those seven "wonder" children!

And, Terry, you'll have to post on your blog the results of your prompt tomorrow.

Jane said...

What a beautiful reminder to appreciate what is truly 'wondrous'.

Joan said...

Now I am not only one of Daddy's Roses; I am also one of Mother's Wonders! I AM BLESSED!

sherle said...

Hello Ruth! What a beautiful thought... I like the little girl's wonders best - don't you? Thanks for the WD-40 hint for fixing my doorbell dilemma. I'm so glad your daughter 'introduced' us. My husband died on August 29 this year and I'm still learning so many things.

Now I need to read more of your beautiful blog. I will be back! God bless you and Merry CHRISTmas!!! ;-)