INTERNATIONAL MOTHER LANGUAGE DAY

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My friends at school used to tell me how lucky I was to be an only child because I got a bedroom all to myself.  Well, let me tell you, there’s a down side.  If something went South, there was nobody to blame.  It was on me.  I had to tow the mark, walk the line, straighten up and fly right and stop crying or I’d be given a reason to cry.  Empty threats?  Oh no.

I cherished the little spurts of freedom I got as a teenager.  I didn’t have a mother, I had a smother; you know, a mother that smothers and controls.  It’s not an insult – it’s a fact.  We both knew it and discussed it quite often.  I loved her madly, but at times she drove me mad.  I’m surprised I know how to tie my own shoelaces.  Every time I’d start to do something, I’d hear, “Oh honey, let me do that for you – you might hurt yourself.”

So I’m completely helpless today because I was not given the opportunity to do anything for myself.  Of course, today I am forced to do most things for myself.  Wow – I’m still alive, isn’t that great?

As a teenager I looked forward to sitting with the other teens at church on Wednesday nights.  I couldn’t sit with them on Sundays because I had to play the piano for service.  I was stuck on the front row, piano side from the time I was twelve years old.  That’s not where a teenager wants to sit in church.  Sigh.

On Wednesdays I got to be a kid and hang out with my friends.  We whispered and giggled and had some fun – until I made eye contact with my mom.  It was the LOOK…  that, “Just wait till I get you home” look.  Every daughter knows it.  You are soon to be toast and you know it.

The most free I felt as a teen was when our church group went out for a bike ride.  Here in Wichita we have a bike path that runs from 13th street clear to O.J. Watson Park.  It was a different time in the early 1970’s.  Sure, we had to worry about BTK, but other than that, it was fairly safe here.  We didn’t have to wear helmets or anything like that – we just showed up with our ten speeds and took off – it was great!  No parents and no responsibilities – just fun! 

I remember the wind in my hair and feeling free.  My life was one big responsibility – not that it can’t be fun, but not as fun as this!  I couldn’t mess this up, right?  There was no right or wrong – just fun. 

The car my folks drove was very distinctive.  Not because it was shiny and new, but because it was an older model car.  It was a 1968 Chevy Bel Aire.  I knew that car.  It was the car I drove to school later on – trust me, I knew the car.  Our biking group got about halfway down the bike path and took a little break.  We got off our bikes and walked around and I remember thinking, “This is really great!”  Then I happened to look up to see my folks driving by – my mom waving at me as though she was excited that I was still in one piece.  There’s that smother language talking at me again.  Sigh.

It was love and concern and I knew it.  I just shook it off, got back on my bike and kept riding.  I tried not to think of it as a lack of confidence on their part.  Sometimes I admit I saw it that way, but then deep down I knew they just didn’t want to lose me.  It can be overwhelming when you are at an age when all you want to do is try your wings and be trusted.  I really wanted them to develop some confidence in my abilities.  Nah…  didn’t happen.

Until you know that life is interesting – and find it so – you haven’t found your soul.   – Geoffrey Fisher

The language between a mother and daughter is very special.  There was more to our relationship than “the look” when she turned around to scold me in church, or the mad waving from the car when she realized I could ride my bike down the bike path without riding into the Arkansas River.  There were winks and thumbs ups and hugs and a sign language that only I could decode.

That loving smother talk just meant that she cared for me – a lot.  ❤

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HAT DAY

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Today we are celebrating HAT DAY!!!  I wish you could all send me photos of your favorite hat with a written essay entitled THIS IS MY FAVORITE HAT BECAUSE…

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Listen to the conversation between this little girl and her Grandpa as she plays dress-up.  Thank you, Lucinda, for this sweet poem for Hat Day 2015.

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So much for dreaming of warmer weather – back to reality.  It’s winter again…  sigh.

In my life I never felt so safe and secure as I did wearing my daddy’s coat and cap.  I can’t explain it, but it made me feel like I would always know love.  ❤

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You know, I’ve heard that the clothes make the man / woman.  That’s true, but I think a hat defines us!  What role am I playing?  If I’m a chef, I’m probably wearing one of those puffy white hats.  If I’m putting out a fire, I’m wearing a fireman’s helmet.  If I’m a cowboy, I’m wearing a cowboy hat – a white one.  Today I’m a woman of leisure in the Red Hat Society, wearing my beautiful red hat and not caring what anyone thinks of it (talk about HATTITUDE…)

Then comes Winter, with bluster and snow,
That brings to our cheeks the ruddy glow…
– Gertrude Tooley Buckingham, “The Four Seasons” (1940s)

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When it’s cold and snow is falling, most of us bundle up with gloves, a scarf and a stocking cap.  That’s certainly a way of defining us as cold!

Men used to wear hats all the time.  By the time Robert F. Kennedy took office as President, the trend was coming to an end.  I was just a kid, but I remember my daddy saying that men didn’t wear hats anymore because the President didn’t want to wear one and mess up his perfect hair.  Now – I don’t know if that’s true or not, so please don’t quote me on it!

I don’t know a lot about hats, but I learned what a bucket hat is and what a snap back hat is!  Huh – I learned something today! 

We are defined by our hats, or at least our attitudes are.  Have you ever tried to wear more than one hat at a time?  Well, of course you haven’t – that would be ridiculous!  If I try to wear too many hats at one time it makes me a little cranky, how about you?  God loveth a cheerful giver – of time, talent and treasure.  He did not intend for His precious children to stack hats on their heads!  He wants us to serve, yes.  Does He want us to take on every responsibility we are asked to take?  I don’t think so.

How many hats do you wear?  How many hats have you thrown into a ring?  How many hats have you hung up because you simply have too many hats?

Maybe today we could take just a moment to count how many hats we wear – how many roles we play in life.  This may be a good time to take inventory…  then let’s pick out our favorite hat and ROCK IT!  😉

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY

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Today is PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE DAY!!!  I’ve followed the latest story of attack against the Pledge of Allegiance.  High School student, Samantha Jones, with representation from The Becket Fund for Religious Liberty, is defending her right to say ONE NATION UNDER GOD.        

What a brave girl!  I wonder if I would have had that kind of backbone when I was in High School?  I know I would now, but back then, I’m not so sure.

The American Humanist Association filed a lawsuit earlier this year against the Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District to remove the phrase “under God” from the Pledge of Allegiance.  The AHA is representing a family who objects to the phrase being recited at one of the schools within the New Jersey school district.

Public schools should not engage in an exercise that tells students that patriotism is tied to a belief in God.  Such a daily exercise portrays atheist and humanist children as second-class citizens, and certainly contributes to anti-atheist prejudices.  – AHA lawyer David Niose

Samantha Jones goes to Highland Regional High School in Blackwood, New Jersey.  The Christian-based Becket Fund for Religious Liberty is defending she and the school district.  They say Samantha has the right to say “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I’ve been reciting the pledge since preschool, and to me the phrase ‘one nation under God’ sums up the history and values that have made our country great.  I think it’s empowering to know that, no matter what happens, I have some rights the government can never take away. No student should be silenced just because some people disagree with timeless American values.  – Samantha Jones

The following quote was published in The Christian Post:

The judge seemed focused on the case, he had prepared well, and he was familiar with the arguments of each of the parties.  He asked tough questions of each side, and it is difficult to predict the outcome, but we are optimistic that he will agree with every other court to decide this issue and uphold the pledge.  – Diana Verm, a lawyer with the Becket Fund

On this day, may we raise up this important case to God in prayer.  May God richly bless Samantha and her family and give them strength and wisdom.

The attorney for the unidentified atheist family goes on and on about his client’s rights – that having the phrase in the Pledge offends them.  The thought of taking it out OFFENDS ME – WHAT ABOUT A CHRISTIAN’S RIGHT TO HAVE THE PHRASE STAY THERE???  I’m sick and tired of everyone else’s rights coming before Christian’s rights!  This country was founded on CHRISTIAN BELIEFS AND PRINCIPLES.  If you don’t like the phrase, you don’t have to say that part – but don’t take it out because there are many (including me) who will say it regardless!  It calms my spirit to know that the God of creation has this mess of a country in the palm of His hand.  There’s no better place it could possibly be!

They already took prayer out of schools – they booted God clear off campus – and wow – that’s really working out well for us, don’t you think?  We never had shootings at our schools – but our teachers taught us to respect our Country, our elders, and our Higher Power!  It’s my RIGHT to pray – it’s my RIGHT to say UNDER GOD when I recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  Anyone who is uncomfortable can make a choice to either not say the Pledge or not say the part that is offensive to them.  There are plenty of things that non-Christians do that I’m uncomfortable with – and you know what?  I don’t make them stop – I just don’t join in.

No matter what the official outcome is, the powers that be will never force me to leave out the words UNDER GOD from my Pledge of Allegiance.  Instead of having more of a separation between church and state, there needs to be a knitting together of the two.  I’m praying for this country – now more than ever.  And – by the way, I’m praying about the part of the Pledge that follows – INDIVISIBLE.  Uh-huh – yep – I’m praying about that part too.  ❤

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I PLEDGE ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA;

AND TO THE REPUBLIC FOR WHICH IT STANDS; ONE NATION UNDER GOD;

INDIVISIBLE, WITH LIBERTY AND JUSTICE FOR ALL.

And the verdict came in – here is an update – 2-5-15

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We need more young people like Samantha.  Well done, sweetheart!  ❤

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