Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Turning hate to love

Late last night I wrote a draft blog about what I see as the resurgence of hate in our country. 7 year old murdered. Anchorwoman murdered. Neo-nazi's planning assassinations. Then I tried to sleep last night. And I couldn't. I not only had a bad day at work but I had a bad feeling about our nation. And then it occurred to me...turn the focus from hate to love.

So, today I decided to trash my post and write about the lovely things that happened yesterday. Like how my daughter has her first set of rosary beads from school and at night she wants to do her prayers and always starts with,

"I Pledge Allegiance to the flag of the United States of America."

I tried to explain it's not a prayer, but since that is how they start their prayers each morning at school, I was told I am wrong. Quietly, I listened to her run through her prayers and I smiled. She only sees the good in this world.

And how my son was getting a candy out of his candy jar of Halloween candy from our fall festival this weekend and quietly he exclaims, "Mamacita" as he was digging to the bottom for his favorite taffy. I asked him what he said and he had a big grin on his face and explained,

"At my new school, Miss Karen says 'Mamacita' when we don't take our naps."

It was his soft, innocent voice exclaiming Mamacita that had all of us laughing around the dinner table.

And then when we carved our pumpkin for Halloween, my son put his hands inside the pumpkin and quickly pulled out his hands.

Him: "Mommy. I think I need gloves. Can I have gloves?"

Me: "Absolutely not. Get your hands inside and pull out that pumpkin spaghetti."

Within minutes his arms and elbows were covered in pumpkin.

Life will get me down. My kids will always bring me back up.


Whirlwind said...

hat's so funny. When my oldest started kindergarten, she'd recite the Pledge of Allegiance and then immediately start singing The Star Spangled Banner as that's how they started their day.

C Sierra said...

I laugh even harder when she sings the days of the week to the Adam's Family theme song!!

Sus said...

Hi - thanks for following me! Woman in a Window recently pulled a not-so-happy post in favor of focusing on her blessings, too. I'm taking this as a sign, and I thank you both for it.

Off to stick my hand back in the messes. Pulling all the goo out of pumpkins could be a (very loose) metaphor for life, now, couldn't it? :)

Fairly Odd Mother said...

Yeah, when things start to look really nasty outside, I choose to retreat to the little world around me that is still bright and shiny and full of promise. Great post.