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There is a commercial on TV I like, which is unusual because I don’t care for most commercials. It’s the one in which various people come in and say, “See me.” They are selling body lotion or something like that. Sad to say, I don’t remember. That isn’t what I cared about or listened to, it was about the “It’s me” aspect.

Crazy how things run through your mind, but those two words, “see me,” keep coming to me. 

How often do we “see” somebody, really see them as a person? I guess it is not a look, it is about when someone wants our attention or wants or needs some recognition. So often we get so used to people who play an important part in our lives, but so often we don’t really “see” them.

It’s hard to explain. Maybe it’s especially important for children. My girls have always made a thing about their children’s birthdays. It is their special day and I think it stresses the importance of “see me.” I remember my granddaughter Amelia’s second birthday. It was such an important event, reading her expression and the sigh she gave as she blew out the candles on her birthday cake. She seemed to be thinking so hard. I’ve often wondered if her birthday wish came true.

Timid, quiet children are often overlooked. Some might feel neglected because they don’t get the attention they all need and deserve. Bringing home a good school paper or being able to draw is another “see me.” Doing something outstanding, of course they deserve a “see me.”

Adults are no different. The "Memories in Music" program that Norrine Jensen organized, and which my mother and I attended, is a good example. Chelsea Hanson, who had taken music lessons from Norrine when she was growing up, knew how important it was to her. You could almost hear “see me” as she gave us all a thrill during her piano performance. It was also true of her mother too, who was a proud “page turner” for her. “See me,” this is my beautiful, talented daughter.

Strange, I suppose, to compliment a stranger even on something they do or wear, the game they played, the picture they painted, their dress or their hair, and I guess the list goes on and on. Their expression on their face says, “You see me.”

If I let my mind wander and see the expression on their face it says, “you see me.” I guess it would be recognizing someone else’s worth that says to me, “see me.”

It is important that we see what others do and compliment them.

Another phrase that fills my mind is, “I can hear you.” The words aren’t said, but giving your whole attention also rings so true – “I can hear you.”

How do we listen? I hope with full concentration to what is being said or done, to let them know they are really being heard by our words and actions.

We have two ears and only one mouth. Both are important, but maybe it is God’s way of telling us we need to listen twice as much as we speak.

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Birthdays and anniversaries:

• Thursday, November 10th: Elizabeth Benning (2011), Keith McDonald, Eric Anderson, Russell Reistad, Tomm Richards, Jennifer Zimprich, Jessica Kasper, Andrew Olson, Jessica (Johnson) & Dan Rebelein, Stan & Liz Reichl, Everett & Diane Jensen

• Friday, November 11th: Jason Tracy, Kate Laudon, Agnes Christensen, Ione Hagen, Dale Hunt, Paula Swearingen, Jennifer Jacobs, Dawn Diemer, Rachel Gould, Dave & Linda Brandt, Amanda Schimdt, Tory Lee Christensen

• Saturday, November 12th: Harbor Lee Pence, 2012; Trinity Tracy Vulcan, Tatum Charlotte Vulcan, Samuel Henry Kaplan, Lois Johnson Aitchison, Jill Jensen, Holly Thompson, Craig Clausen, Helen Kellem, Scott & Jan Sorenson, Jill & Shannon Jensen

• Sunday, November 13th: Geoffrey Nelson, Abbey Louise Titus, Bill Johnson, Jeffrey Nelson, Diane Brighton, Earl & Janis Klinger, Steve & Pennie Ladlie

• Monday, November 14th: Brickyn Moen, Cassandra Hill, Dakota Tracy, Kaye Larson Allen, Jill Ottesen Kehne, Kim Anderson, Gloria Tufte Keehn, Dawn Farr, Brandon Grunwald

• Tuesday, November 15th: Eli Fussy, Sydney Ann Collins, Greg Riley, John Flor Jr., Daniel Mucha, Lee Waage, Cynthia Callahan, Jacob Douglas Bell,

• Wednesday, November 16th: Ross Sletten, Asa Daniel Russell Johnson, Matthew Marcus, Betty Brandt, Ronald Johnson, Fred Schmidt, Miranda Dubois

• Thursday, November 17th: Eli Lutgens, Presley Ann Broskoff, Brynn Routh, Mikayla Sue Brouwers, Stuart Kubat, Nathan Larson, Milton Wayne, Gloria Jensen, Nathan Schmidt, Elvern Holland, David Kasper, Jim Olson, Daniel Ingvaldson, John Nelson, Trisha Cyr, Brad & Donna Borchert

• Friday, November 18th: Edrea Marae Kubista, Toni Wayne Smith, LeRoy Peterson, Kim Lehmberg, Ernest Anderson, Paul Groth, Allen Schewe, Gordy & Karol Carroll   

• Saturday, November 19th: Sidney Ellen Schultz, Kolby Dale Boverhuis, Deb Schmidt, Leah Scott, Roger Dulas, Jennifer Kycek, Chanelle McCamish, Darrin Peterson, Mandi Wobschall, William Conley, LaShawn & Gretchen Ray, Jeff & Julie Cornelius

• Sunday, November 20th: Chuck Pence, Howard Pence, Eric Simon, David A. Hanson, Angie Blouin Sikel, Dennis Blouin, Scott Brekke, Malinda Fennert, Alisha Waalkens, Heather Crabtree Krenke, Kristine Kelly, Rachel Nelson, Holly Mattson

May God bless you with a beautiful year to enjoy! 

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