Sunday, December 28, 2008

Weeping for Caylee

I watched a video clip on CNN about little Caylee Anthony, the little girl reported missing and recently found dead in FL.  Since the recovery of her remains the corner in the neighborhood where she lived has been dedicated to her with flowers, stuffed animals, and toys.  Dozen of mourners have visited the site leaving cards, teddy bears and notes for the now deceased tot.  One mourner in particular wept as she read an open letter to Caylee.  In the letter the woman described how as a 45-year old woman she never had children yet was so touched with Caylee’s life.  She mourned not having Caylee as her own and the tragic end of her little life. 

As I watched this video I was moved to tears.  I was saddened and confused at how anyone could abuse or take the life of a precious little child.  Then I thought about the babies in the womb and a question arose in me.  Would we also weep for a life interrupted?  If Caylee had been only a “fetus” and had died before even stepping out into this world would we have wept for her?  If her picture were not spread all over Internet news websites or our living room television sets every night would we have wept for little Caylee’s death?  While Caylee’s disappearance took place before her third birthday I can’t help but think about all the millions of little ones that are never allowed to reach their first birthday.   Who will cry for them?  For all it's worth I will.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

A Very Merry Christmas Season

Today is December 21st four days before Christmas and I feel as if I've had to catch up to the holidays.  My husband and I only recently put up our tree, last week to be exact.  The last few weeks have been about non-stop working and I haven't really had the chance to take it all in.  Two weeks ago though our small group at church sang Christmas songs and we ate soup and corn bread together and that was Christmas to me. I looked around the room and I felt like I was with my family.  My blood relatives are far, some in NY and others in Florida so small group is really all I have here in TN.  It was such a sweet time.

I read an interesting article today on that also warmed my heart.  A man apparently found cash in the same Home Depot two days in a row and returned it to the store managers.  Instead of taking it home with him he gave it to store employees.  Apparently there was a wallet with $1000 in it.  But this man decided to be honest and the wallet's owner received it back. How nice that in a world full of violence and chaos that there are still stories that deal with honesty.  

To me that's what Christmas is all about.  It's not about the material things or the presents we did or didn't get.  It's about celebrating with the ones you love.  It's about forgetting offenses and helping and reaching out to one another. In the midst of my own personal, mostly financial struggles I am encouraged to know that there are still people in this world who have integrity.  These are the things that we all should focus on during the holidays.  Myself included.

Merry Christmas

Monday, December 15, 2008

My Very First Blog

Ah, after much rebellion I have decided to create my own...(gulp) blog.  There I said it!  Why did it take me so long to create one?  Well, my impression of this seemingly online phenomena was that of disinterest and at times disgust.  After reading other blogs that consisted of ramblings that are better expressed in journals or in the privacy of your own bathroom I was turned off. But I now realize that every writer needs to write and sometimes that includes venting. :   )  So here I am.  I'm officially a blogger.  I promise not to be graphic.