ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Health»
  • Quality of Life & Wellness»
  • Personal Development

Nina and Me. An ode to a great lady.

Updated on May 11, 2013

Now this beautiful lady was my Nina

Just look at that smile and those long strong loving hands.
Just look at that smile and those long strong loving hands. | Source

Nina was my soul mate. She was beautiful and tall and strong and gentle and kind.

A lot of, or maybe most folks do not remember their life at two. I do. Of course my view was that of a two year old. And since I did not speak yet, it is hard to put those memories in words. So I must admit I have to translate feelings and perceptions using real words, and perhaps that comes out inarticulate sorry.

In the winter of 1957 I was adopted. The love was overwhelming, I had an instant 5 older siblings a great mom and dad. I do not remember that part but I know it to be true.

But stop and think for a second, what does a baby eat. Now prior to formulas what did a baby eat that was adopted? Well my birth mother was not available, and my adopted mom was not in that state.

Stay tuned

And so it was that Nina came into my life for 3 glorious years

I suppose you could say I was adopted again. That is cool cuz just a few months later I was adopted again, by my buddy Jesus. Now this fine lady loved me to death. She was a member of our family. Hey it just hit me, Nina was adopted too.

And so my life began with 3 older sisters, a great mom and a Nina. WoW! Now that kind of loving can cause real serious problems. Just think on it, why would I ever decide to grow up one bit?

Now the time did come when I had to start doing things like walk. I do not think this sat so well with me. I don't think you can really tell by the picture but I was born with kind of one leg turned backward, just kind of twisted at the hip, knee and ankle so my foot face backwards. As I grew my dad who was a Doctor fixed it, but the early years of walking was not so cool. (think Forest Gump). So Nina and my sisters carried me for a little longer than normal. Remember carrying requires hugging, so that was good.

Don't tell any one but those are my brothers and sisters.

I never did wonder about heaven or paradise, I just lived them.
I never did wonder about heaven or paradise, I just lived them. | Source

That picture above has one interesting fact, I ended up wearing every single pair of shoes in it.

As I grew, my mom and Nina notice an interesting fact. They could not put a pair of shoes on me, that I could not get out of in 1 minute.

Hand me downs. I remember some folks making fun of that. But I could not ever figure why you would want clothes out of a cold store, when you could get your big brothers' favorite ones.

But what is really cool about hand me downs is that they are not limited to clothes or things. At the young age of two, I already had love by the bushel handed down to me. And the bestest of all is that I get to hand it down again and again and again.

Thanks Nina.

I reckon this kind of captures songs I knew and the spirit of the day

The reason for writing this hub

Some are probably scratching there heads at this point wondering "what the heck was that all about". If you are I wrote this hub for you, not someone who already gets it. Family is family. Little ones know this before they can speak or understand. Family is family. Friends and loved ones are family. Others know this love even though they cannot express it or put it into words.

So I wrote this hub, so that just perhaps someone who reads it gets it and treats just one other human with that kind of love. And then just maybe they will also pass it along. There are poor, mistreated children out there all around us. Adopt one into your heart and treat them like family. They don't need to be your flesh and blood they just need you.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      You are living proof of that, always kind and pleasant and looking for the good. You a fine Sista!

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 4 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      You wrote a really good hub. There is nothing like a good family, even if you are not related by DNA, you are still a good family.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Back at you IslandBites, welcome to my world.

    • IslandBites profile image

      IslandBites 4 years ago from Puerto Rico

      Thank you.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Patty, my mom saved my favorite moccasins for awhile. They had big holes in the big toe area. I do not know what happened but I suspect a sister has them.

      No other shoes as they were all passed down to another. We were very happy. It may sound silly, but we were forbidden from whining and complaining, it worked.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you moonlake. It was fun to write, it makes me happy that it brings joy.

    • Patty Inglish, MS profile image

      Patty Inglish 4 years ago from North America

      Your family looks happy - did you save any of the shoes as keepsakes? I Pinned the picture for a keepsake of my own

    • moonlake profile image

      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      What a beautiful story. I enjoyed your hub and thanks for sharing. Voted up and shared.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Truly a beautiful community then and now.

    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      No, no swimming. But I have walked along the river in Naperville and been to some restaurants in the downtown area. I still live less than an hour away.

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Did you swim in my quarries?

    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Wow! I lived the town over from Naperville for 8 years. I've been there many times---great place. What a small world. :-)

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      All that loving started with a little girl who became a nurse after living a great life in Naperville, Chicago land produces some great ones.

    • MrsBrownsParlour profile image

      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Really lovely story. Love is what makes a family! :-) Lurana

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I was just about to go looking for you, long time no write. Thank you Chris. That love thing is a snowball effect totally out of my control.

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 4 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      It's great that you had all that love in your life and it is even greater that you give it back "in spades" now.

      Beautiful hub Eric. Thanks.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Eric thank you you are so nice.. many blessings..

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Karen, you can be sure when I am in a bad place I find my self drifting toward that "different way". But never to far or for to long, for without my past I would not have such a wonderful now.

    • Karen Hellier profile image

      Karen Hellier 4 years ago from Georgia

      This is beautiful! You were blessed and it is heartwarming that you realize that because many would look at this story in a different way. Congratulations to you. Voted up and beautiful!

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      How dare you upstage me on my own hub. Epi, we got to stop having these happiness love fests. Did you know my son is named after Gabriel the greatest cat? You see that is weird as I put on my new summer outfit, Oh lordy I hope we are not twinsies?

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 4 years ago

      This has the makings of a movie Sir Eric called My Life with Nina but then again 'everything' you write has the makings of a movie.

      I will share this lovely story madly and gladly and oh so proudly on my Facebook page for the world to see. You are quite a writer and quite a storyteller and I just wish Jimmy Stewart was still around and he could play 'you' in It's a Wonderful Life , part II.

      Just home from a shopping trip to the local Wal*Mart in Simcoe and

      I am a summer dude now all fitted out in my new shorts to show off my incredibly sexy legs (lol), a nice Polo shirt to drink martinis in and a nice pair of sumer shoes.

      Listening to relaxing harp music right now after feeding my pussycats with their treats and having a nice cuppa of green tea but if I still stay awake then later on it could get a little crazy here in Colin's late night jazz cafe with some loud music and a couple of brown pops.

      lake erie time 8:39pm and sending you a high five from two hands and four paws

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      We who are so loved, must love. No one is so different from us. I hope all of our sisters and brothers are adopted in someway.

    • billybuc profile image

      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Speaking as an adopted child, bravo!

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Oh Deborah, "shall it be that I count you among my blessings? Or shall it be I overlook a beautiful flower in my garden of life? I think best that my 3 year old and I trim the roses so that the new is left and the wilted be set aside" You are a new blessing to me. You are cherished, and our love shall not languish for it is heaven sent.

      I wish the best mothers day to you, and though I am much older you may have me as your son, to appreciate and dote over thee. My son who just squirted the garden hose through my office window says AMEN. (the boy lacks no guile"

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Wow i am so glad that Rolly posted this on facebook..

      You are so right your family is who loves you... God bless you

      And i pray you have a great Mothers day

    • Ericdierker profile image
      Author

      Eric Dierker 4 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Certainly it is a little too personal. But like the Chats that you specifically write just for you and me ;-) I hope it lets others know that it is great to feel great and nothing to avoid.

      Many blessings back at you from down just north of Mexico way, where coyotes are my friends.

    • Rolly A Chabot profile image

      Rolly A Chabot 4 years ago from Alberta Canada

      HI Eric... what a beautiful read this has been. Love encompasses so many aspects of our lives. Know that you are loved and the world is all yours for the taking.

      Youe story brought tears to my eyes this morning. What a blessing to read it and thank you for sharing with us. What a gift you were given so early in life.... voted up and sharing... well done my friend.

      Many Blessings from Canada