Innocence

Oh to be young and looking at the world with wonder. It takes courage to explore your world and trust that the adults have knowledge about what is going on around them.  The innocence of a child  trusting that all is right with their world and there is nothing to worry about.  Thinking if there is something amiss if I hide from it things will get better.

This reminds me of the American public not knowing or trying to understand the laws that are being passed by our government.  I have seen many changes in my career but feel that the Affordable Care Act is not so affordable.  I believe that everyone deserves safe affordable care but at whose expense?  Do we close our eyes and tell ourselves it will get better or do we take a step into the unknown and see where things are leading?

If I choose to hide I am at the mercy of those who compose/pass laws with a blindfold across their eyes.  Have they looked at how these laws will be carried out or who the end person is going to be holding the bag?  I agree that health care needs to be fixed however I do not have the trust of a child in big government that my father did.  Because of the increasing Baby Boomers and the fear that we had an unsustainable process we now must jump through hoops in short periods of time, as we attempt to meet the goals of some bean counter.  All the while the middle class is paying out more and more in other areas to pay for those who won’t or can’t work.

Many do not want the help that is offered and continue to hide or ignore the attempts to offer them health care, health advice and acceptance that we need change.  Many children will go without insurance and care because they are at the mercy of the adult who is not participating in services that are being provided.  Fear or lack of education, reading skills all affect how each of us faces the world.  Because of their fear that someone will find out, they hide.

Innocence will not save us from the tsunami to come.  There will be a larger gap in care givers to patients as the Boomers age.  Even if you can’t/won’t work, volunteer somewhere to help each other.  Step up and lay down your electronic devices and learn to give of yourself to others.  The rewards are many and the sick,elderly and children are so grateful.  We should not have to entrust big government to do the things we learned as a child are important.  Caring, sharing and helping are the foundations that our great country was built on.  Even a child can see that when these are employed, they come out of the shadows into the light.

Graceful Aging

It is with love that I get to help my Mother grow old gracefully.  I used to wonder what that meant as I was growing up but I also got to see my mother model the role with my grandmother.  She always found time to help her or hold her up in her not so good times.  All my life my best role model is the Mother that God gave to me.  Her laughter is contagious, her smile lights up a room and she is the best listener I know.  She offers her words of wisdom whether I ask for it or not but many times even when I am not asking for it, her words make me think before I jump in and make a mistake.  Her compassion for everyone is amazing.

Her spirit, honesty, values and stories continue to amaze me.  She does her best to continue to fight even though she realizes that her body is growing weak.  To me that makes her fearless as she sees her mortality as not an end but a beginning.  I know she longs to be with my father who has long gone before her but her job to help form us and the next generation was not complete.  She takes that duty very seriously and her smile is always eager to visit as she witnesses the newest generations growing up before her.

God had true wisdom when he gave us mothers and gave women the strength to give back to their families tirelessly.    As I helped her do basic things this weekend she kept thanking me and telling me that God knew she needed girls and was so blessed to have three that she is so proud of.  She told me she didn’t feel she was aging gracefully but no longer had enough fight to care.  To me she will always be gracious and graceful as she never stops sharing her heart and her love……even if it is only her words or a smile.  Thanks Mom.

Spreading your wings

Watching as life flies by we never realize how quickly time really does go by.  This picture of my grandson racing go carts a couple years ago reminds me that my vantage point through the fence captures but a second in time and when I blink it is gone.  I remember when he was born the mixed emotions around what some might have said was a disadvantage that would hold him back.  Oh yea of little faith, you forgot to tell him as nothing has held him back as you can see.  We realize that the only thing that holds us back is our own minds that believe what we live.

This amazing young man is flying high on life as he finishes up what little is left of his schooling.  He will have to soon decide what he will be when he grows up.  Seeing him reach out and try so many things that interest him I see that his learning and curiosity is still high.  He loves the outdoors and while he can do anything he chooses, he makes sure he cultivates his learning as he goes.  His perception of his grandparents is one of wanting to preserve what generations have given to him.  He learns how to hunt, fish, cultivate nature so that there is something to be left for the next generation.

It has been a pleasure to see him as he becomes a young man.  Kudos to him as he has learned the gentleness of his grandfather and the wisdom to keep trying when others say it is impossible.