A baby brought into this world has no control of their life or their surroundings. They hope to be surrounded by responsible caregivers providing a loving clean healthy environment free from hunger or violence or abuse. Hopefully lots of unconditional love. Seems easy enough. What if I told you this baby was black, and being raised in a ghetto government apartment by a mom who sells drugs and does tricks on the side and the occasional John and sometimes the baby daddy stops by and is abusive to the baby. Teaching molding and shaping this baby with each thing it sees. Not the greatest environment for a baby to be raised.
What if I told you this baby was Hispanic being raised in a large family by both parents and multiple brothers and sisters aunts uncles and grandparents. Lots of love and great food. This baby has seen love and care everyday.
Imagine the differences in these two babies lives. How each environments shaped each life. How its not the fault of the baby, could you blame the baby for the way it was raised? Is it the baby’s fault if its terrified each day like its fighting for its own livelihood not loved probably hungry afraid someone will try to hurt them. Becoming defensive just out of self protection. While the other baby is loved happy go lucky everyone the baby meets baby assumes is a loving person there to love and love baby in return.
Vast differences our cultures can create. I used Hispanic and black families only as examples you could remove the race and interchange any one in either place. We humans are all capable of either. We humans are responsible for molding and shaping lives. I used race as an example because it seems get get tempers flared more. I’m getting to my point soon. But you can replace the race with the word human and maybe it removes preconceived notions. But now replace the word baby with puppy. How does that change things. Believe me I know human babies and puppies are vastly different concepts. A dog is a damned dog my husband would say. But when you look at the responsibility of raising a dog in the same light of raising a child environment factors ignorance factors does this really weigh in to society today? Now go back and think if that puppy was a pit bull. How does that weigh in now? Responsible pet ownership is important. If you raise a puppy to have to defend its livelihood each moment of everyday it will tend to be aggressive. Just like when we thought we were talking about a baby it’s not the baby’s fault for its upbringing. Each baby or puppy is unique they should not be labeled as being dangerous or horrible just because of its race or breed. We shouldn’t judge a person by their race or even their upbringing. So why do we judge a dog by their breed. It’s a form of racism.
I found this in my saved documents. I hadn’t read it in a while. I like it. Why do we need pain or suffering for us to show love and compassion to each other abundantly? This past week our country faced another terror attack at the Boston Marathon. And then 2 days later an explosion at West, Texas fertilizer plant. After each of these there was an outpouring of love and concern for each other. I wish we humans weren’t like that. Why can’t we be more like dogs and love with complete abandon ALL.THE.TIME! But then I don’t want to sniff others butts and crotches so I guess we’ll just stay the same. But maybe try to be more compassionate to everyone.
The Brave Little Soul
Not too long ago in Heaven there was a little soul who took wonder in observing the world. He especially enjoyed the love he saw there and often expressed this joy with God. One day however the little soul was sad, for on this day he saw suffering in the world. He approached God and sadly asked, “Why do bad things happen; why is there suffering in the world?”
God paused for a moment and replied, “Little soul, do not be sad, for the suffering you see, unlocks the love in people’s hearts.” The little soul was confused. “What do you mean,” he asked. God replied, “Have you not noticed the goodness and love that is the offspring of that suffering? Look at how people come together, drop their differences and show their love and compassion for those who suffer. All their other motivations disappear and they become motivated by love alone.”
The little soul began to understand and listened attentively as God continued, “The suffering soul unlocks the love in people’s hearts much like the sun and the rain unlock the flower within the seed. I created everyone with endless love in their heart, but unfortunately most people keep it locked up and hardly share it with anyone. They are afraid to let their love shine freely, because they are afraid of being hurt. But a suffering soul unlocks that love. I tell you this – it is the greatest miracle of all. Many souls have bravely chosen to go into the world and suffer – to unlock this love – to create this miracle – for the good of all humanity.”
Just then the little soul got a wonderful idea and could hardly contain himself. With his wings fluttering, bouncing up and down, the little soul excitedly replied, “I am brave; let me go! I would like to go into the world and suffer so that I can unlock the goodness and love in people’s hearts! I want to create that miracle!”
God smiled and said, “You are a brave soul I know, and thus I will grant your request. But even though you are very brave you will not be able to do this alone. I have known since the beginning of time that you would ask for this and so I have carefully selected many souls to care for you on your journey. Those souls will help you create your miracle; however they will also share in your suffering. Two of these souls are most special and will care for you, help you and suffer along with you, far beyond the others. They have already chosen a name for you.”
God and the brave little soul shared a smile, and then embraced. In parting, God said, “Do not forget little soul that I will be with you always. Although you have agreed to bear the pain, you will do so through my strength. And if the time should come when you feel that you have suffered enough, just say the word, think the thought, and you will be healed.”
Thus at that moment the brave little soul was born into the world, and through his suffering and God’s strength, he unlocked the goodness and love in people’s hearts. For so many people dropped their differences and came together to show their love. Priorities became properly aligned. People gave from their hearts. Those that were always too busy found time. Many began new spiritual journeys – some regained lost faith – many came back to God. Parents hugged their children tighter. Friends and family grew closer. Old friends got together and new friendships were made. Distant family reunited, and every family spent more time together. Everyone prayed. Peace and love reigned. Lives changed forever. It was good. The world was a better place. The miracle had happened. God was pleased. – John Alessi
So glad to have had our girls home for Christmas. It was the best break ever! Elizabeth came early and helped me wrap presents and get ready. We had a great time lounging after Christmas and watching Friends. We went to Nana’s house New Years day and ate lunch and took down her tree. I caught the girls giggling in the kitchen playing with the photo booth app on Nana’s new iPad. I videoed this priceless silliness.
Had fun at the King family reunion, Friday night at Aunt Neta’s house is always the best. Kendra Spinelli brought her cutsie daughter Riley. She bossed everyone around lining up the chairs and putting everyone in their place.
It was funny her mama was inside and didn’t know what was going on. And she danced and thoroughly entertained us. Then Elizabeth and Hallie took some pics by the cotton and Riley came and tried to boss us out there. Ha ha
After the MAC some were going to the Boston terrier museum, and Justin and Tata came over. Hallie went back to LBK to move some stuff from her apt to her house. I really missed my Husband today, he’s in Pontiac, Illinois spraying corn.
I started a new job today. Secretary at my church! I might get fired for slamming a phone down cuss words flying. Ha ha! We will see, my biggest fear is that I will be bored to tears, twiddling my thumbs waiting on time to go home. oh well I guess I’ll be paid to Facebook, blog and pinterest!! Ha ha. Oh well, we’ll see how this goes.
Yesterday, Nana and I went to Lubbock to eat lunch at Kelly’s new house. He’s still moving stuff not quite ready to “stays thur” yet. We ate on paper plates at the fancy dining table, and talked about serving gravy and ranch dressing in the fancy silver appointments. Ha ha!
I’m so excited to see this app. Thanks @baronbatch for tweeting about it!
After having Blake here for the past ten days. Jeff and I took him to meet Cassy in Abilene today. We’ve had a busy 10 days. We played on Fathers day with the skeet thrower the girls gave Jeff. We swam and ate hotdogs in the backyard and played tic at Grandmothers.
We all had so much fun together. Love Blake like he’s my own, wish he didn’t live so far away. But we’re so glad he and Cassy are doing well. I think Emmitt enjoyed having him here as much as anyone.
I’ve been so ready for Elizabeth to get home. I know she had a wonderful time but I just felt better knowing she was on her way home. I was even following her flight with an app on my phone and iPad.
Jeff was gone to Dell City the last week she was gone. So it really bothered me not having my peeps home. And the first weekend she was gone Hallie was gone to Krum visiting friends. This Mama likes her chicks near. Since she comes in so late the plan was for Morgan to pick her up from the airport. Anyway the day she was supposed to be home, as I was making coffee that morning I got an idea and I know it was from Granddaddy. That we ALL load up in true Bertrand fashion and go meet her at the airport, even though we know she’s going to her house but it would just be so Bertrand to surprise and do something so wacky especially so late in the evening. I mentioned it to Hallie and she thought it was a great idea, she even thought it would be perfect for us to be playing tic while we wait on her. I mentioned it to Aunt Penny and of course she wanted to go. Aunt Mae is here visiting Grandmother so they wanted to go too. I told Nana but I figured it would be too late for her and she declined. Only a Bertrand understands this silliness anyway. I invited Micah to go with us since her bf Jason is out of town I knew she would want to be included and be a Bertrand for a night. So we loaded up, went to Lubbock, in the rain, the fabulous glorious rain. Ate supper at Chili’s then went to the airport. Penny brought a TV tray and when we got to the airport we got wheelchairs for Grandmother and Aunt Mae. Not because they needed them but because we needed chairs to sit across from the long row of unmoveable chairs in the waiting area in baggage claim. Micah carried the TV tray with authority while Hallie and I wheeled Aunt Mae and Grandmother giggling all the way to pick out our spot. We got all situated then the tic playing began.
tell warn Morgan what we were doing and gave her the option that we could take Elizabeth home and she wouldn’t even need to come to the airport if she didn’t want to but she came anyway. It was her job to bring a Route 44 Sonic diet coke. There wasn’t hardly anyone at the airport only a couple of other parents/friends to pick up their loved ones. But I guarantee no one was having more fun than the Bertrand’s. It made me so sad that Husband wasn’t able to be there, when I first told him about the “idea” he said “you’ve got to do it”! So we waited and played tic and giggled at how funny we were. We did get some strange looks because we had our whole card playing set up.
Elizabeth texted Morgan that they were on the ground. We were getting so excited. We were fixing to play Queens when she came in she saw Morgan first and was visiting with her, she finally looked our way and noticed us. We were hollering “Tic” to get her attention. She just started laughing. It was that moment that this whole thing was about! Ha Ha. Later we asked her what her traveling companions thought about us doing that, she said they all felt so unloved. Yay! Success! We were able to “love” Elizabeth in true Bertrand fashion. We drove home in the rain at midnight knowing we’d pulled off a successful Bertrand event. I know Granddaddy was there with us.