Witness – a person who sees an event, typically a crime or accident, take place.
When I first seen today’s “word prompt – witness”, being a fan of both detective shows as well as courtroom shows, my thoughts immediately pictured someone being placed in the witness protection program – you know those individuals – some of which only require police protection until the conclusion of a trial, or they could also be a witness who is provided with a new identity and may live out the rest of their lives under government protection.
For those of us that enjoy a good mystery or courtroom drama, that is the type scene that first comes to mind when hearing the word “witness.” There are also witnesses to an accident or individuals that witness a signature on a legal document.
But what of life itself! One could say we witnessed what will eventually happen to all of us at one point or another in that so far this year, while we didn’t actually witness the actual death, we witnessed how life can be shortened without warning in some instances. So far this year, we witnessed (as I said, not in the literal meaning of the word) the death of a brother-in-law; sister; and cousin.
But, by the same token, we also (again – not literally) witnessed the birth and entry into our world of a new great grandson.
Life is fragile. There are so many things we need to take time to witness – the sound of birds chirping first thing in the morning; the smell of the roses on our rose bush or the lilacs we planted last year when they first bloom in spring.
We look forward to witnessing a baby’s first word hoping that it will be “mama” or “papa” whichever the case may be. Witnessing your child find his or her first Easter egg on Easter morning. Or the smile of your child unwrapping Christmas presents in front of the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. There are so many wonderful things out there for us to witness. Witnessing our children graduate from both high school and college. Witnessing them marry and begin a family.
Witnessing what is the magic of the world itself when seeing the sunrise and/or sunset while listening to the quietness in the air all the while thinking that quite possibly, in just that one precise moment of silence, “all is right with the world.”
Wouldn’t it be great if we could witness peace in our lifetime?