What a child of can teach us

We use a decent amount of fresh-cut wildflowers in our home. No longer are dead wildflower blooms thrown in the trash. Now, they all get to continue their purpose by being released back into the wild.

What a child of can teach us is close to infinite.

Imagine the unbiased life outlook a child has, untouched by the burdens of self-care and personal responsibility.

If we could manage our adult responsibility and maintain an untarnished view of our world…what is possible may seem more possible.

Son, thank you for this gift – one of dozens in which you’ve changed my habits.

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President Obama Sobriety

Rarely watching TV, I was captivated the other night when Charlie Gibson was interviewing United States President, Barack Obama, on the ABC Evening News.

The one word that really made me put things into perspective, was a word the President Obama used to describe how the decision to send US troops to Afghanistan was different from other critical US policy decisions.


President Obama spoke of a certain level of sobriety that was needed on that particular decision. He said it was the one decision that was different from all the others. I paraphrase here, to illustrate the magnitude:

“Bailing out the auto industry or the financial system is one thing. But picturing Arlington Cemetery, with a mother, sitting in the rain, in front of a tombstone…..”