I don't mind that I am standing and the back row isn't bad
And I will not complain about the kind of life I've had
My sons have always made me proud, my grand kids make me beam
And obstacles aren't near as bad as sometimes they may seem
Just do the best that you can do in each and every day
You make the world a better place by acting just that way
Most people would say that the view from the front row is the best seat in the house. While that might be true in many instances, it is not always the case. You see it all comes down to who or what you are watching. This time I am talking about concentrating on the people standing and seated in front of you. I am talking about a family portrait.
I remember my first family portrait being taken in Glen Ferris, West Virginia. I remember sitting in the front row and wondering why this picture was such a big deal. What was going to change? Why was it so important that I smile and sit still? Those questions have long since been answered. It seems that the older I got, the more intelligent my parents and grandparents became
I remember going back for a visit and having another picture of the family taken. I was holding my older son Michael, who was less than a year old. I was still in the first row, but I was only there as a needed guest. My place in the photograph was a couple of feet back and possibly kneeling.
I can still see myself turning around and looking at my grandmother. She was standing two rows back and it seemed like there was a glow coming from her face. I wasn’t sure what that meant at the time. She was older so I had no frame of reference. I did not understand.
Now, I am at the age where I do understand the glow. I understand the look of satisfaction that I saw on grandmama’s face. I understand that sometimes the back row is the best seat in the house. Anytime you have the chance to look at the blessings you have been given and know that they make the world a better place by their actions, you can’t conceal you joy. That back row ain't bad at all. As a matter of fact, I prefer it.