Friday Wisdom – Being Seen

In the last years of his life, I would take father to church with me.  By then he was having trouble seeing, walking was difficult and a number of strokes had damaged his speech.  Due hospital stays he was often missing on Sunday mornings for weeks at a time. The times he was in church the most common greeting he received was, “Bill, good to see you!”

To which he’d always reply with a sincere, “It’s good to be seen.”

I still use the line myself.

More wisdom next week,

About Andrew Reynolds

Born in California Did the school thing studying electronics, computers, release engineering and literary criticism. I worked in the high tech world doing software release engineering and am now retired. Then I got prostate cancer. Now I am a blogger and work in my wood shop doing scroll saw work and marquetry.
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30 Responses to Friday Wisdom – Being Seen

  1. I wonder is there a certain age when we start to repeat what we’ve heard? This is a good one. I no doubt will say it sometime in the future…it’s so sincere and can be taken with humour or heard with a deeper meaning. I’m enjoying your weekly wisdoms Andrew. 🙂


  2. George says:

    I think I would have enjoyed knowing your Dad.

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  3. pommepal says:

    You had a very wise Father Andrew.

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  4. Annika Perry says:

    I like it, Andrew – makes me think of all the people who aren’t seen and pass days or weeks without any contact!


  5. Glynis Jolly says:

    Your father’s wit for the obvious was keen, that’s for sure. 😉


  6. artseafartsea says:

    Love that saying. Think I will start using it. My mother had a lot of witty and at the same time profound sayings. I may share them on my blog.


  7. That is a classic one.
    And no comment on my cat post?! I thought sure you of all people would have something to say on the matter. Or did you purposely abstain because you didn’t want to have to tell me that you disagree with my feline treatment?


  8. Carrie Rubin says:

    Another good line. Though, as an introvert, sometimes I’m just fine with not being seen. 😉


  9. PiedType says:

    I’ve used that line myself, I think because my dad used it.


  10. The older I get, the more I use my mom’s lines. I used to consider them annoying. Now, they’re perfect.

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  11. lorieb says:

    good point!


  12. Mirja says:

    Your father’s answer was both deep and so true.
    I have seen this written on a reed by a young boy; ” You always saw me and my play”.


  13. jfwknifton says:

    A lovely little anecdote with a very serious point to make. Thanks for sharing it with us.


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