Thursday, January 20, 2011

The Voice of a King

"Not everybody could be famous but everybody can be great because greatness is determined by service."
— — Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr quotes have peppered my Facebook updates and inspired my heart this week.

Today though, another King is on my mind.

M.D. King.

Though Martin Luther King Jr. surely has more widespread and well known quotes--it is the voice of M.D. King that is so ingrained in my psyche as to effect my Every Day. To effect the most monumental. To effect my life.

My Granddaddy. I can't remember ever hearing him give a speech. In crowds and groups, he was mostly a quiet observer.

But his persistent adoration and faithful love for all of his family, buoys me even today.

When asked recently by a good friend, to picture in my mind the safest place I could imagine, it was Granddaddy and Mam-ma's house that was immediately evoked.

Did they ever know how LOUD their love would play in my heart? How, even today, as an adult, each wave of adversity is faced with strength from their support. Their "voice" in my life.

That is, in fact, an enduring legacy. One to be noted. And celebrated.

On this, the date of M.D. King's birth, I'll tell my kids his story. I'll "quote" his quotes. I'll mark his service.

I'll remind my offspring of his part of their story.

And we will always call him Great.