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You were beautiful, 
my tiny child, 
wrapped tightly in my arms, 
close to my heart.
I listened to you breathing.
I counted your fingers
and your toes.
Helpless, 
you cried out to me
and I loved you
with every ounce of my soul.

Will you hear me
when I cry out? 
Will you hold me close
as I held you then? 

I remember the day
You took your first step.
There was no stopping you.
Your feet gave you freedom
to explore the world
like never before
but danger lurked.
I opened those doors anyway, 
cautiously, 
and introduced
you to the world.
Where will you be
when my legs
no longer run? 
no longer work? 
Will you realize
that I love
freedom too? 

I laugh
about that day
you first tied your shoe.
We tried and tried
to get that rabbit
in that hole
and you finally did it.
You pointed your toes
for everyone to see
how proud you were.

I am proud too, 
of my writing
and my drawing, 
of my needlework
and my cooking.
But my hands are beginning to ache
and my fingers will not bend.
I will lose the things
that make me proud
except for you.
Hopefully not you.
Will you let me
brag on you? 
Even tell wild stories
that are a bit beyond the truth? 
Will you be proud of me too? 

I waved good-bye
that morning when you left
on that large, yellow bus.
I was so scared.
I know you were too.
You waved at me bravely
through the dusty window
but I saw the water
forming in your eyes.
You came home, however, 
full of pride and joy.
You sang the alphabet song
and got most of it right.
You practiced for hours
until you could sing it
even in your sleep.

But 
I'm afraid.
I forgot
whether I took
my pills today or not.
I forgot
if I told this story before.
I even forgot once
who you were
and it terrified me.
My mind
is my treasure
the only thing I have left, 
and I heard you make
fun of me
for not remembering
that I gave you the
same gift as last year.
Will you love me
when I no longer
know who I am? 

You came home blushing
from the glow of
your first kiss.
Your first love, 
the one you thought was real.
You talked about him non-stop.
You changed for him. You gave.
But he left you anyway
for a blue-eyed girl
and I held you
while you cried for him.

I too have a
broken heart.
The love of my life
left me after
fifty-six years.
He left me here
to live life on my own
while he moved on
to another realm
And I cry for him too.
I long for his shoulder
and strong embrace.
I feel betrayed
because he and I
made a deal
that we would never
leave the other alone.
Yet I am alone
sitting in an echoing house
with no hands to hold.

You welcomed her home today- 
your tiny baby girl.
She has your eyes
and possibly your toes.
I see you counting them
as they roll me
into the room.
You finally came
to visit.
It has been a while.

You look up at me
with tears in your eyes
and ask
almost desperately, 

"Will she tie my
shoes
when I get old? "

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GROWING UPPPPPPPPPPPPPPP

Gillian and I were talking before bed the other night, and I asked, mostly rhetorically, if there’s a point when you stop feeling like a kid and start feeling more like a grown-up, whatever a grown-up is. I think for me (and probably most people), a grown-up is simply someone that’s a certain amount older than you. When I started kindergarten, those fifth-graders in the back of the bus were sooo big. In middle school, it was the eighth-graders, and when I walked into high school as a freshman, the seniors seemed like they were part of another world. Of course, when I actually reached fifth, then eighth, then twelfth grade, I didn’t feel very old.

The same is still true. We’re knocking on 30 here in the next couple years, which seemed like a lifetime away 10 years ago, but now that we’re almost there, not so much. I guess, in a sense, it is a lifetime away, because we’re really full-fledged adults now, and the things that we were worrying about in high school and college seem so trivial now. Which brings me back to my original question? Sure, we’re adults now, but when do you start feeling it? I still feel like I’m a kid (and if you ask S, perhaps I still am), but heck – we have a kid of our own now, I’ve had a full-time job for seven years, we own two homes, and nobody is responsible for us but ourselves. Somehow we made that transition relatively seamlessly and have managed to stay afloat.

As we were talking about this, I had another realization – that even though I still feel a lot like a kid, there are still some aspects in which I wish we could be even more childlike. I watch C every day, and his joy and energy are infectious. Can he make me want to pull my hair out? Absolutely, and he seems to relish it.

But mostly, he’s just doing what he was born to do.

He gets excited about the smallest things – snow, airplanes, balloons, seeing the dog every morning, Christmas lights, his stuffed monkey bath time; they all bring a smile and a “woooo” sound of delight.

His curiosity is boundless – he explores every path, tries new things daily, pushes the limits that we set for him.

He doesn’t hold grudges or have prejudices toward anyone – it may take him a minute to warm up to strangers (or it may not), but soon he’ll be holding a gibberish conversation with the lady he just met in the store.

He trusts us unconditionally.

Even though he does it unconsciously, he treats every new day like it may be his last, and if it’s going to be, then he might as well make sure he lives to his fullest.

In short, there’s a lot he can teach me. Whether I realize it or not, every day I’m trying to put limits on what he can or can’t do. Don’t throw your cup. Put your toys away. Don’t hit the dog. Obviously, some things are for his well-being, but some of them seem kind of arbitrarily set. Instead of trying to teach him, should we be going to him for instruction? I kinda believe that when I look at him, in many ways I’m seeing what humanity was meant to be in its purest form. Joy. Love. Curiosity. Bright blue eyes twinkling with laughter. I realize that as you grow up, life can surely beat you down, and you have new responsibilities and problems all the time, and sometimes you can get overwhelmed to the point of wanting to curl up and cry, but does it always have to be that way?

I think, no matter how old, everyone has a spark of that original joy and mystery and excitement, which is maybe why I still feel like I could be a kid. In some people, I think it gets so suppressed that they don’t realize it’s still there, but it is. Life gets in the way most of the time, but maybe I should let C take the reins once in a while, and forget about the mess and how childish it may seem to my far superior, grown-up mind (sarcasm, in case you missed it), and just run and play and be silly with him. Now of course, I’m not suggesting that you can just abandon everything and go be a hermit. With growing up comes some modicum of responsibility, whether we like it or not. But I am suggesting that we don’t always have to take life so seriously that we don’t enjoy it.

Did I answer my question? I’m not sure. But I’m not sure I need an answer.

HAVE YOU GOT THE ANSWER

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Sex Education

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The birds and the bees. Do we teach it to our kids in schools, and if so, to what degree?

There’s been a bit of a buzz (pardon the pun) in the media of late about sex education, and whether or not the current provision is adequate to prepare our girls and boys and somewhere-in-betweens for sexual maturity.

The latest discussions have centred around whether there is enough real life emotion being introduced into lessons. It’s all very well knowing that (usually) Manifold A gets inserted into Sprocket B, but does this basic biology really equip you for proper sexual encounters?

At first, I applauded the idea of introducing sex AND relationship education classes. After all, when I went to school, we weren’t taught any life skills. Nothing we learnt was given any relevance to real life. I was fortunate enough to have a mother who taught me life…

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As Poppy was flying through the trees,

A cry for help was heard

Upon the leaf of a dandelion

She saw a tiny ladybird

 

Poppy settled down beside the ladybird

To find out what was wrong

The ladybird answered tearfully

All of my beautiful spots have gone

 

They were stolen by a pixie

When I was fast asleep

Poppy was quite angry

For she knew it was Pixie Pete

 

He was always being mischievous

So poppy sought the help of a friend

She asked Elvis the elf for assistance

To bring Pete’s thieving to an end

 

They scoured the forest together

They found Pixie Pete, who looked quite pale,

He was so sorry for his actions

But alas he was put into jail

 

All the spots were recovered

And taken back to the ladybird

Who was deliriously happy?

As for Poppy, three cheers could be heard.

Malcolm G Bradshaw

children’s  poet

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I’ve started on a see food diet.
I highly recommend you try it.
You eat whatever food you see;
a grape, a crepe, a pear, a pea,
a candy cane, some bubble gum,
a piece of pie, a peach, a plum,
banana pancakes, chicken legs,
a dozen donuts, deviled eggs,
spaghetti noodles, sirloin steaks,
vanilla ice cream, birthday cakes,
a hundred pizzas, chocolate mousse,
and gallon jugs of apple juice.

The see food diet. Just can’t beat it.

Whenever you see food, you eat it.
I’m pretty sure you won’t lose weight,
But, what the heck? The food is great!

–Kenn Nesbit

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In the morning when I awake
still half asleep yearning for more
I often stop to think
what life was like living before.
 
When man had to forage for food
no Supermarkets in the land
things were not bought in packets
nothing was to hand.
 
When bread had to be baked at home
vegetables grown in a field
tea imported from India or China
you ate what your father could yield.
 
Clothing was made by the Mother or Wife
cows were milked in the barn
no chemicals then to make things last
materials were made of Yarn.
 
No wasteage created because of bulk
food mountians never created
no such thing as salmonella
were many deaths today were fated.
 
No refrigerators to keep the food
freezers not yet used
so how come nowadays we still have waste?
food has been abused.
 
Sell by dates, best before?
never heard of in the past
food was kept in a larder
not in bulk just enough to last.
 
Do not eat this? don’t touch that
its enough to drive you insane
diets for this allergies for that
meaningless and inane.
 
How many people died of food poison
in the days before sell by dates?
statistics say not very many
its in our time this fad dictates. 
BY WILLIAM MANSON
 
What did people do before the refrigerator? did you ever hear of sell by dates? best before years ago? no, because in this “careful” society of e numbers and what have you, people are scared into the fact that food cannot be eaten after a certian time? this is nonsense, eggs, milk etc never had sell by dates until recent times, fact.
 
Can you remember the days before refrigeration?

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100% Natural? Think Again!

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As a mom, I am always trying to make the healthiest choices for my kiddos. Fresh Fruits, Whole Grains, Veggies, Lean Meats, you name it.  I thought I was being a great mom, here I was just fooling myself by misguided labels.  Just because the label states 100% Natural, does not mean it actually is.  100% Natural is chocked full of nasty GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms).

What is a GMO? It  is an organism whose genetic material has been altered using genetic engineering techniques. Organisms that have been genetically modified include micro-organisms such as bacteria and yeast, insects, plants, fish, and mammals. GMOs are the source of genetically modified foods, and are also widely used in scientific research and to produce goods other than food. The term GMO is very close to the technical legal term, ‘living modified organism’ defined in the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety, which…

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Chickpea Salad

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Are you out of ideas for lunch or simply to tired after a long day of work ?? Well this garbanzo bean salad is so satisfying and so easy. All you need is a boil garbanzo bean (or can) , tablespoon olive oil, black pepper , red pepper flakes , a dash of salt , chopped white or purple onions , red and greed peppers , and long leaf parsley .. Chop and add to garbanzo bean . Mix ingredients and serve. Delicious ! This bean also goes by the name “chickpea”

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The New Mrs. Hamilton

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Sometimes if I am looking for a quick snack, I grab a banana, put some peanut butter on it and pour myself a glass of orange juice. I realize this snack is usually for a 5 year old, but I love all of the flavors! And that is where I got the idea for this quick and super easy smoothie recipe. I know the “green” smoothie trend is big right now, but sometimes I’m not looking for a huge meal replacement, I just want something delicious to sip on! So the next time you have 2 minutes and want a fresh, healthy snack, give this recipe a try! Let me know if you try it!

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Quick & Easy Smoothie Recipe (makes 1 large or 2 small servings)
Ingredients:
2 cups Orange Juice (Simply Orange is my fav!)
1 Banana
2 tbsp Peanut Butter
Ice (roughly a handful)

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The Easiest Directions:

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Eat Your Veggies!

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Regardless if you are a vegetarian or not, vegetables are a great source of fiber as well as carbs! Our bodies function on 60% of water. Be sure to drink a gallon of water each day.

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FOODDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

 

Everyone has heard people say how fast food is either great or horrible. As with everything people say, there is usually some truth to it. We will go over the advantages and disadvantages of fast food in this article.

Most people eat fast food. Some eat it more often than others, and some like it more than others. Our taste buds tend to be different, so our opinions will vary from person to person. The following advantages and disadvantages are pretty standard and we have tried to be as unbiased as possible.

Advantages of Fast Food

There are three main advantages to fast food.

  • You can save money because fast food tends to be cheaper than the alternatives.
  • You can save time as there is very low or no waiting time for food to be served.
  • There are many healthy fast food options now so no need to eat fat-filled burgers and fries.

Save Money

Advantages and Disadvantages of Fast Food

This is probably the most important incentive for people to eat fast food. Fast food is usually much cheaper than homemade meals and dine-in restaurants. Because of that, it is the most common meal choice of lower class folks in our societies.

Having said that, fast food is eaten by almost everyone. Some of the most popular athletes in the world eat fast food. Even our president eats fast food here and there. It is definitely not limited to poor people, despite the way the media portrays it.

Save Time

The second most obvious reason is because fast food is, well, fast. There is very low or no waiting period. Food is usually prepared in matter of minutes and you can be on your way.

Most fast food restaurants also have drive-thru’s, which allow customers to order even more quickly. Now we don’t even have to get out of our cars to purchase food. When compared to traditional restaurants, you could be saving over an hour of time from ordering to finishing your meal.

Healthy Choices

Although fast food has a reputation for being high in calories and fat, that is slowly changing with the rise of the health-conscious population, which is increasing the demand for healthy food options.

Just about every fast food restaurant offers some kind of healthy alternatives today. Whether it’s grilled chicken sandwiches, wraps, or salads, there is usually something for everyone.

One thing to keep in mind is that healthier options generally tend to be a little more expensive. But because it is fast food, you are still going to save money over homemade foods.

Disadvantages of Fast Food

Fast food had many more disadvantages in the past couple of decades. Today, the industry is expanding into offering types of foods that cater to virtually anyone.

There are two main disadvantages we’ll take a look at:

  • Lower quality foods that are usually caused by a large-scale production process.
  • More fattening foods that are mainly caused by the lower quality food sources.

Lower Quality Food

There’s no doubt about it, fast food is made in a bulk production process, which tends to lower the overall quality of food. Granted, chicken is chicken, so we’re not talking about eating rat meat here.

A lot of the fast food restaurants such as Chipotle have started using organic vegetables, hormone-free beef, and cage-free chickens. This is greats news for both consumers and animals.

More Fattening

Historically speaking, fast food has been very fattening. The production process involved in creating fast food added a lot of greasy and fat content to foods. However, as mentioned in the healthy choices section above, this is quickly changing.

While most restaurants have your normal greasy burgers and fries, they have also started to offer grilled chicken, fish, salads, and healthy wraps. So whether you’re looking to eat a nice greasy meal or a healthy grilled sandwich, fast food restaurants have what you want.

Conclusion

As mentioned in this article, fast food restaurants and industry as a whole have come a long way. There are many more options now and a lot of those are much healthier than what we’re used to.

Some fast food restaurants such as Panera Bread and Subway have completely adopted a healthy food business model.

What do you think of our advantages and disadvantages of fast food?

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