Friday, May 27, 2011

Air Smooches

When this photo was taken my son, C was 12. I remember trying to freeze this moment in my memory. He chose the spot and how we would stand. I loved that moment. He's almost 13 now and I could fill a book with all the wonderful qualities this budding young man possesses. You can see it on his face. Strong, confident, secure, loving. What you see is what you get. He wears his emotions and thoughts out there in the open. And at this point in time he's still not tainted enough by the world that he hides who he is. I hope he never loses that.

He still comes to me for hugs every morning. He'll even reach over and put his hand on my shoulder when we're driving somewhere. He comes up behind me when I'm cooking and wraps those long arms around my waist for a quick squeeze. When I'm keeping score for his baseball team, he'll walk over to the fence, lace his fingers through the chain link on top of mine and ask me the score or what inning we're in. Even walking through parking lots, he'll sidle up beside me and grab my hand. He definitely shows his love openly.

This morning when I was dropping him off at school he saw one of his buddies. "Look mom, there's Mikah!", he said excitedly. As I came to a stop he whipped out of the van, flung his back pack on, slammed the door and jogged away toward his friend. When I was about to pull away I heard him yell, "MOM!" I looked back just as he sent me an air smooch "... LOVE YOU!"

Awww C... I love you too buddy.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Differences of Opinion

I went to bed last night right after the kids went down. Migraines are such an inconvenience. As I pulled up my browser this morning to check the weather I was unexpectedly greeted by a barrage of facebook messages that stated Osama Bin Laden was dead. This was news in itself, but what I noticed most was the variance in the responses of my friends. This is nothing more than a copy and paste session so that I don't forget the internal conflict of the day.

  • Osama Bid Laden is dead.
  • It only took 10 years, but Osama Bin Laden is finally dead!
  • Well it took long enough.
  • CNN Fox News MSNBC and all the networks are covering Bin Laden, but Headline News is going w/ Joy Behar's Royal Wedding coverage. Priorities.
  • Ole G.W.B was right...we will find O.S.B., dead or alive!! And Pres. Obama is going to try to take credit but we all know that if he had his way then as he stated during his election campaign, "This is all for nothing, bring our boys home" we wouldn't of had this outcome.
  • Osama Bin Laden was killed in a Mansion in Pakistan one week ago!
  • Can we add whoever killed osama to the list of real life MARVEL heroes? yes please!
  • In all of this we need to be aware that Al Qaeda will desire to prove that they are still to be feared.
  • Obama: "Thanks to the tireless efforts of our military!" but I still want to freeze your pay and housing allowance for the next three years.
  • All I am hearing is... "ME ME ME... vote for me in 2012....ME ME ME... oh yeah, thanks troops...ME ME ME"
  • Thank you, General Petraeus and the U.S. military!!
  • Ok so Bin Laden is dead, but who got fired off Apprentice? LOL
  • Actualy, i take back my last post!! Osama.. you met our boys personsly! Hahaha HOOAH!
  • Say to them, 'As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign lord, I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn from their ways and live. Turn! Turn from your evil ways! Why will you die, people of Israel? Ezek 33:11
  • ‎"Trying to keep in mind that how I respond to the death of my enemies says as much about me as it does about my enemies."
  • Curious to what the world reaction is to this, would love to see the reaction in London, Paris, Sydney etc.
  • Celebrations being shown disturbingly reminiscent of demonstrations from Middle East w/burning effigies you know the ones we call disgusting.
  • Finding some of the response embarrassing, some of the college students being interviewed don't grasp the reality of this excuse to party.
  • Americans can forever remember today ,May Second, Two Thousand and Eleven, as the day that our soldiers finally captured the terrorist Osama Bin Laden!!!! For everyone that said we should've pulled out of these wars, please go to H***. At least I said please. This is the biggest day of victory that most of us have ever seen.
  • I just want to send a out a Big Thank You to all of our troops who fight to keep us safe! Also to all of their family members who deal with the daily worries of their loved ones. God Bless America!
  • Really hope he rots in h***!!!!!!!!
  • Just ... relief.
  • As a professional who's worked with children for over 11 years, please be careful today with what your children hear you say or catch on 11 year.old already asked me who Osama Bin Laden was, and why people were celebrating his murder...I for one am proud of our troops, but think we need to be careful how our children, especially our young children, will interperate today.
  • I hate when the President interrupts my shows, and it is sad when people die, but last night I welcomed the news from the President that the wicked, evil Osama Bin Laden is dead! Thank you US troops for never giving up! God Bless America!
  • Now I lay me down to sleep, one less terrorist this world does keep, with all my heart I give my thanks, to those in uniform regardless of ranks, you serve our country and serve it well, with humble hearts your stories tell,so as I rest my weary eyes, while freedom rings our flag still give your all, do what you must...with God we live and God we trust. THANK YOU ALL WHO SERVE IN OUR WONDERFUL MILITARY !
  • ding dong the "witch" is dead!! We have the brains, the heart, the courage...USA
  • When people ask, "if there is a God, how could He let so many horrible things happen in the world?", I'm still trying to understand how it is that He could love me so much despite all of the mistakes I've made and all of my imperfections (and they are many! lol). Thankful for a God who loves fiercely, unconditionally, and with no holds barred.
  • American Pride overfloweth! Thank you President G.W. Bush and President Obama for staying the course! America is safer today than it was yesterday. Extend a hand of gratitude to a soldier and thank them for their unending sacrifice and to the families whose sons & daughters who have paid the ultimate price for OUR freedom. God Bless the U.S.A.
  • Hip up to date... we killed osama I am cool...
  • While I am proud and thankful for our armed forces, I can not bring myself to rejoice in the death of someone who God created and loves passionately. Even though his sins were terrible and great, mine are equal.
  • Osama Bin Ladins's death may change some things, but only one mans death truly changed everything: Jesus Christ.
  • While we savor the bittersweet taste of this victory, let us remember those three thousand souls that were lost on September 11, 2001 and the thousands of service members who, since then, have sacrificed life and limb for the sake of protecting our citizens and our freedom.
  • "In the face of a man’s death, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibilities of each person before God and before men, and hopes and works so that every event may be the occasion for the further growth of peace and not of hatred." - Vatican Statement on the Death of Bin Laden
  • Our bombs are smarter than the average high school student. At least they can find Kuwait.

Despite all this, I have to admit one of the most humorous posts appeared just one hour prior to the presidential address. A friend on facebook posted the link to Jeff Dunham's, Achmed the Dead Terrorist. Language aside, I love this mans comedy and thought it highly ironic as I scrolled backward through last nights post. "I Kill You" :)