The man of my dreams has been revamped a number of times throughout my life. My children have belly laughed over my list of past requirements: He is a big man, like Tom Sellek, has a deep baritone voice, is good with his hands, is a gentleman farmer who is hard-working, he is smart, talented, and loves the Lord. He is crazy about me and my kids, but mostly he has a warm smile, a sense of humor, engaging eyes, and a good heart! I think that covers it.
Monthly Archives: October 2014
Not that long ago, my son asked me if I wanted to go to the Bronx Zoo with him. I love the zoo. In fact I used to think, where ever I travel to, it would be nice to visit the zoo in every major city that I visit. It would be like collecting spoons, or shells. I think I would like that. But recently, my youngest daughter, who is extremely sensitive, said, ‘No!’ to a trip to the zoo. She shared her new perspective about animal cruelty and that she could not participate in the way the animals are locked up in the Zoo.
There was a time in my life that I was crippled, mostly by my thinking. For many years I thought I was stupid and I was afraid that people would find out. This effected so many choices I made. To begin with, when I was in second grade, the year that my little sister, Peggy, at age five, died in a house fire, I apparently had trouble learning to read and spell. I remember the teachers talking about it and deciding that I would be held back so that I could be with the second grade teacher, Mrs. Rule, who was also a reading specialist. After that year, I was advanced to fourth grade with my original peers, but a cloud settled over me and the belief that I was dumb was sinking into my bones.
“Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God’s world by mistake.” (AA Big book, pg. 417) While this is comforting and what is implied and encouraged is: ‘Believe God is in control and don’t worry!’ At the same time, this sentence gives great pause and leads to a lot of pondering. It leads to questions such as, ‘How could you let that happen to me?’ or when something very uncomfortable does happen, the question, ‘Really?’
When are there too many leeches in the water? For myself, one leech is too many leeches! Like most people, I’m not a big fan of anything large or small that bites. In fact, when thinking about ‘Noah’s Ark’, it seems to me, that would have been a good time to rethink ‘leeches’. But there I go, criticizing God yet again! The word ‘leech’ in Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary reports (in short), “it’s a carnivorous or bloodsucking usually freshwater worm with a sucker at each end; a hanger-on who seeks advantage or gain”. Wow, both ends of this ‘worm’ have a sucker so If you’re passing by and one end doesn’t get you, the other end has a second chance to grab you! Ok, I”ll get to the point, after all, is this much a do about leeches from last summer? No!