"Great spirits have always encountered opposition from mediocre minds. The mediocre mind is incapable of understanding the man who refuses to bow blindly to conventional prejudices and chooses instead to express his opinions courageously and honestly." -Albert Einstein

Thursday, September 27, 2012

September is almost gone, already.

Hello, friends and comerades (you know who you are);
I had a few spare moments, while Little Bit is at a football game, so I wanted to write. In the past few weeks I've been having rather uncomfortable discussions with my ex (L.B.'s paternal unit), and they are disturbing. Quite.
It's probably been 6 months ago that the x revealed that he had been diagnosed with 2 serious conditions, one of which is fatal. I think it took Little Bit until last month to get ahold of what it's meant when his dad told him that he was SICK. As an intelligent 12-year-old, the boy's initial reaction was "Idk why he says he's sick. He doesn't have a fever and he's not throwing up." Say it with me: Ignorance is bliss. Yeah.
This evening I txtd the x to inquire about a recent Dr.s visit, and the told me about a procedure they did and will do again in a month. Something about putting bands on the veins in his throat, as a preventative measure, to keep them from rupturing. Sigh. As a person who has been dealing with depression for as many years as I've been aware, this whole turn of events is, well, really bummin' me out. It's not that I will be grieving anything between the x and myself, there's been nothing but animosity there for years. But rather, I can't help but remember how I felt when my Dad died, and feel empathy for my own boys.
I was reminded of a phrase this week that I hadn't heard in a while, but that is SO applicable. "Compassion Fatigue." I've heard it before of course, (in the various courses about Human Services, it tends to come up.) but when a friend said it, it was like a light bulb went off. I KNEW that whenever my friends had too much awfulness going on at the same time, it wore me out and I'd withdraw for a time, to rest. But now I get it completely.
I wonder how often Jesus had compassion fatigue? He was the most compassionate man ever, after all.
Library's closing.   ttfn

Thursday, September 6, 2012

A quote from the Wonderland News

This week's Alice in Wonderland quote comes from the Mock Turtle.

Alice is talking with the Gryphon and the Mock Turtle. She is telling them about her day. When the creatures hear that when Alice had been repeating a poem to the Caterpillar earlier that day, the words had come out all different. Gryphon and Mock turtle become very curious and want her to repeat a poem called 'Tis the voice of the sluggard' for them.
Alice starts repeating but this is what comes out:

"Tis the voice of the Lobster; I heard him declare,
'You have baked me too brown, I must sugar my hair.'
As a duck with its eyelids, so he with his nose
Trims his belt and his buttons, and turns out his toes."

This is not how the poem normally goes and the Mock Turtle says:

"Well, I never heard it before but it sounds uncommon nonsense."
-Mock Turtle

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Something nifty from ABsolutely Charming

The first of the Wonderland set! Here's an example of what I've been up to...there are whispers of us getting the internet at home (which would mean I'd get to my blog MUCH more often), but I'm not holding my breath. (The internet & cable are just not that high on the priority list.)  So, I'll keep trying to get to you when I get a free minute. Love & hugs to you all!