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Children’s Value

  • Posted on December 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm

“Who can estimate the wealth of worth caged in a little child?”

– Evangeline Booth
(December 25, 1865 – July 17, 1950)

Imagine not having the support of loving and caring parents. Imagine not knowing where your next meal is coming from.

There are more than 12 million children who go without food every day in the United States; there are 15 million who will not graduate high school each and every year.

How is it our children are expected to survive at all when they do not have advocates that keep them off the streets and safe from harm? And how can we expect they might be able to graduate high school when they never know from one day to the next where they will be laying there head down each night.

What can we all do about it? We can stand up and make a stand. It is time to protect our children and give them every opportunity to achieve a life they will be proud of.  It is up to the entire community to rise to the occasion and make sure our next generation will be safe from harm while their in their informative years.

Repeating History

  • Posted on January 10, 2006 at 7:19 am

There are only two or three human stories, and they go on repeating themselves as fiercely as if they had never happened.

– Willa Cather (1873 – 1947)

American Writer

I was getting my nails done one day in a very small intimate salon when I over heard the woman next to me complaining about her 16 year son who she has just visited in the hospital.

“I’m so angry with him!” She protested. “After all the times we’ve told him not to drink he did it anyway and was in an accident and broke his leg and his arm.”

I looked over at her pondering which of the multitude of questions running through my mind I should lead off with.

I choose “I’m sorry to eves drop, but when you were his age, did you drink with your friends?” I asked.

“Oh sure!” she smile “but that was different.

I’m sure she whole heartedly believed she could justify that in her mind, but it did surprise me that someone my age with a teenage son could be so naive.

Why do parents act so surprised when their children repeat the same trial and errors they experienced? It is part of growing up. It is part of learning how to become oneself.

If parents were more straightforward with their children and talked more forthright with them, then it’s possible their children would not have to experience the extreme challenges they often face.