I received the following from a good friend of mine. In fact it was the thought that led to today's Random Question
A JUST WAR or JUST a WAR?
Apr 1, 2003 A LESSON TO MY SON by A PROUD AMERICAN, Irma Chambers
The other day, my 9 year old son wanted to know why we were at war. My
husband looked at our son and then looked at me. My husband and I were
in the Army during the Gulf War and we would be honored to serve and
defend our country again today. I knew that my husband would give him a
good explanation. My husband thought for a few minutes and then told my
son to go stand in our front living room window.
He told him: "Son, stand there and tell me what you see?" He answered "I see trees and cars and our neighbors houses." "OK, now I want you to pretend that our house and our yard is the United States of America and you are President Bush. I want you to look out the window and pretend that every house and yard on this block is a different country. Pretend you see that man come out of his house with his wife and he has her by the hair and is hitting her. You see her bleeding and crying. He hits her in the face, he throws her on the ground, then he starts to kick her to death. Their children run out and are afraid to stop him, they are crying, they are watching this but do nothing because they are kids and afraid of their father. You see all of this son, what do you do, son?"
"I call the police, Dad." "OK. Pretend that the police are the United Nations and they take your call, listen to what you know and saw but they refuse to help. What do you do then son?!" "Dad, but the police are supposed to help!" My son starts to whine. "They don't want to son, because they say that it is not their place or your place to get involved and that you should stay out of it."
"But Dad, he killed her!!" my son exclaims. "I know he did but the police tell you to stay out of it. Now I want you to look out that window and pretend you see our neighbor who you're pretending is Saddam turn around and do the same thing to his children. What do you do?" "Well, if the police don't want to help, I will go and ask my next door neighbor to help me stop him." our son says.
"Son, our next door neighbor sees what is happening and refuses to get
involved as well. He refuses to open the door and help you stop him."
"But Dad, I NEED help!!! I can't stop him by myself!!" "WHAT DO YOU DO SON?"
Our son starts to cry.
"OK, no one wants to help you, the man across the street saw you ask for
help and saw that no one would help you stop him. He stands taller and
puffs out his chest. Guess what he does next son? He walks across the
street to the old ladies house and breaks down her door and drags her out, steals all her stuff and sets her house on fire and then he kills her. He turns around and sees you standing in the window and laughs at you.
WHAT DO YOU DO?!!!"
Our son is crying and he looks down and he whispers, "I close the blinds,
Daddy." My husband looks at our son with tears in his eyes and asks him "Why?" "Because Daddy the police are supposed to help people who needs it, and they won't help. You always say that neighbors are supposed to HELP neighbors, but they won't help either, they won't help me stop him. I'm
afraid I can't do it by myself. Daddy I can't look out my window and just watch him do all these terrible things and do nothing, so I'm just going to close the blinds so I can't see what he's doing, and I'm going to pretend that it is not happening."
I start to cry. My husband looks at our 9 year old son standing in the window, looking pitiful and ashamed at his answers to my husbands questions and he tells him "Son, Open the blinds because that man is at your front door. WHAT DO YOU DO?!"
My son looks at his father, anger and defiance in his eyes. He balls up
his tiny fists and looks his father square in the eyes, without hesitation he says: "I DEFEND MY FAMILY DAD!! I'M NOT GONNA LET HIM HURT MOMMY OR MY SISTER, DAD!!! I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM, DAD, I'M GONNA FIGHT HIM!!" I see a tear roll down my husband's cheek and he grabs my son to his chest and hugs him tight, and cries "It's too late to fight him, he's too
strong and he's already at YOUR front door son, you should have stopped
him BEFORE he killed his wife. You have to do what's right, even if you have to do it alone, before it's too late." my husband whispers.
THAT scenario I just gave you is WHY we are at war with Iraq. When good
men stand by and let evil happen is the greatest EVIL of all. Our President is doing what is right. We, as a free nation, must understand that this war is a war of humanity. WE must remove this evil man from power so that we can continue to live in a free world where we are not afraid to look out our window and see crimes on humanity. So that my 9 year old son won't grow up in a world where he feels that if he just "closes" that blinds the atrocities in the world won't affect him.
"YOU MUST NEVER BE AFRAID TO DO WHAT IS RIGHT! EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO DO IT ALONE!" BE PROUD TO BE AN AMERICAN! BE PROUD OF OUR PRESIDENT! BE PROUD OF OUR TROOPS!! SUPPORT THEM!!! SUPPORT AMERICA!! SO THAT IN THE FUTURE OUR CHILDREN WILL NEVER HAVE TO CLOSE THEIR BLINDS"
We will fight for the right to live in freedom!
Friday, May 30, 2003
I received the following from a good friend of mine. In fact it was the thought that led to today's Random Question
Thursday, May 29, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days... Thursday, May 29
The rainforests are important to the earth's ecological balance. What are some things we can do to help preserve the rainforest?
Well, I'd like to think that I'm a conservative person when it comes to our ecology. I cannot directly do much to save the rainforest, but I believe if we work together to reduse, reuse, and recycle we can make a difference. Our school also had a fund-raiser one time that sold t-shirts and the proceeds all went to the rainforest efforts. I think we can also not use products made from materials from the rainforest, but that might be easier said than done if things aren't labeled, or if we don't keep ourselves informed.
Wednesday, May 28, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days... Wednesday, May 28
Todays idea comes from a calendar called "Bright Ideas, 365 Creative Thinking Activities"
We've all heard the saying, "You are what you eat." What if that saying suddenly came true! What possible problems might be created, or on another note, what might be some humorous changes that might occur?
Hmmmm..... Who comes up with these?!? wow!
I agree, if you eat well, you feel well. If you are my age and eat not too good, I mean junk, then you feel crappy! I try to cut the fat from my cooking and baking. I enjoy baking because my hubby likes the stuff I make. I also try to eat salads daily as the extra fiber is good for the digestive system. My body type tends to have heart problems so I am working at cutting down on salt. I know I could do a better job, but for the most part, I feel pretty good. I'm healthy, and I can get around. Kids on the other hand seem to be able to eat junk and get away with it, but it will catch up to them. Better to start good eating habits at a young age.
Tuesday, May 27, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days... Tuesday May 27
Do you garden? Why or why not? How do you feel about fresh grown vs. store bought fresh? Do you think there are advantages to growing your own veggies? What about flowers?
We like to plant a garden. I think the veggies taste better from the garden than from the store. Even the fresh veggies at the store are not as flavorful as the garden ones. I think the nutritional value is better too. Farm market veggies are just as good as garden fresh because they are usually from someone else's garden. Flowers? We all need beauty in our lives! The smell and the colors! What beauty! Well, I don't have as many as I'd like, but we do plant flowers too, but mostly we have the type that come back year after year.
Random Questions; Random Days...Monday, May 26
Humor is good for the soul. What is the funniest thing you ever saw or did?
I think one of the funniest things I've done was with my friend Donna. We were just driving around and happened upon a real estate building in Bay City. They had a sign out front that said, "We have calendars, come on in and ask for one!" So.... We went in and asked for a calendar. The gal working there could not believe we were not looking for a house, or selling either. She had a really surprised look on her face, but she gave us each a calendar. I've never seen that sign outside their building since!
Sunday, May 25, 2003
Well, for some reason, my whole post didn't take, so I'll finish it here.
Nowak's School Tips
I also manage 2 other private pages, and co-manage a family page. They are private, so you won't find the links here.
Random Questions, Random Days....
Today we're going to ask you a question AND invite you to add links to ALL the websites you own/manage that you would like to share with us! The question is.................How many websites (including blogs) do you manage? Do you feel 'overloaded' sometimes with keeping them updated? PLEASE share links here. We'd LOVE to visit your sites and leave a comment!!
Thanks, OttO, for posting the question, and now that I'm home, I can answer! wow!!!
I will list my web sites here:
Windy's Page for Thought of course you are reading that one now! wow!!!
Some Fun by Windy - This link is where I post most of my meme answers.
Windy's Quizzes and Other Fun Stuff Here is where I post my quiz results, and I'm also planning on starting a blinkie page. I also have some might fine links here.
Blogger Seeds I co-manage this page with Granni, OttO, and Bug. It is where you can find Random Questions, Random Days... and also many more blogging ideas.
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Thursday, May 22, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days... Thursday May 22!
Color is all around us. People often define emotions using color. What color is love? hate? Or whatever other emotions you care to discuss. Tell why.
Hate: When I think of hate, I think of anger. Anger is seen as red in my mind, so I will give that color to hate. Love on the other had produces many different emotions and images. I know the color is pastel, but it could be pink, green, purple, yellow. Love is soft and caring, but it is also strong. Love in itself is a rainbow of colors in my opinion because there are so many different kinds of love. The love of a spouse, a child, a pet, a friend, a sibling, a parent, and the list goes on!
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
Ok blogger fans, I have some catching up to do! I have been quite busy making curtains, doing yard work, and looking for a job! Sorry, I haven't answered these great questions yet! By the way, you can find them at Blogger Seeds
Random Question; Random Days... Wednesday May 21
How do you feel about your alarm clock?
I have a love/hate relationship with the alarm clock. It is there when I need it, and for that I'm thankful, but it is there everyday of the week for my dear hubby too! Now since I'm not working at the moment, I wouldn't mind a day to sleep in once in a while, but I get up with the clock. It's really not all that bad though, because 9 times out of 10, I'm up before it even goes off, so why complain?
Random Questions; Random Days... Tuesday May 20
Once again, today's question is inspired by my calendar! "Joy comes from within." Do you feel you are joyful, why or why not? Or, just comment on the quote.
Usually, I feel joyful. I agree, it has to come from within. I believe you can have inner joy even when you are going through difficult times. I don't think a good job, big $$$, or funny jokes can make a person joyful, happy on a short term basis, yes, but joyful, I don't think so.
Monday, May 19, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days.... Monday May 19
Let's say you stopped at a party store for a quick purchase. You gave the clerk a $10.00, but the clerk gave you change for a $20.00. You are aware of the error as soon as the clerk counts back your change. What do you do?
I would give the 10 bucks back to the clerk. I'd hope that if the roles were reversed, the customer would do the same. It has happened that I've gotten back to my car and realized that I was given the incorrect change. If it was a considerable amount of $ I'd go back in and return it, or if I was shorted, I'd go back in. If it was a few cents off, either way, I'd let it go.
Friday, May 16, 2003
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Random Questions; Random Days.... Friday May 16!
I found the following quote in my daily calendar. There is no author noted, but I thought it would be a good thought to comment on. So...
"Of all best things upon the earth, a faithful friend is the best." Write a bit about your best friend, how did you become friends, etc...
I have a good friend. Donna and I went to college together and I met her through a good friend I met at Delta College. That means I've known Donna for almost 30 years. We used to do a lot of things together before I got married, but I still see her several times a year. She has been there for me when I've needed her, and also I've been there for her. We often get silly when we are together. She is a fun person to be around. I also consider among my best friends, my sisters and my mom. Again, we are all fun people to be around, and always there when needed.
Thursday, May 15, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days... Thursday May 15
Today's question... Do you bite your nails? Shake your leg? Or do you have any nervous habits? If so, what are they? Does it help? If not, how do you relieve stress?
Well, I do have a habit of shaking my leg or my foot. I really don't think it is a nervous habit, it is just something I do without even thinking about. Sometimes I'm not aware I'm doing it until it has bothered someone enough for them to ask me to stop! I've never been a nail biter, just a person who fidgets!
Wednesday, May 14, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days .... Wednesday May 14
Today's question ... How do you like to spend your down time? What would your dream vacation be?
I have many hobbies, but lately I've been finding myself either on the computer or cross-stitching. I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, bike riding, camping, and even working out in the yard. Especially when the weather is like today!
Dream vacation? I guess it would be camping somewhere in the mountains with my husband. There would be plenty of hikes and bike rides. All meals cooked out, and answering to no one! No phone, no pool, no pets! Well, I wouldn't mind the pool, but that's what I would call a dream vacation! Actually, I had one of those when I got married. We went out west for 5 weeks and had a wonderful time! I have three photo albums to prove it too!
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Tuesday, May 13, 2003
Random Questions; Random Days... Tuesday May 13...
How do you divide your household chores? Including yard and vehicle maintainance.
Let's see. I do the inhouse stuff and my hubby does out... No, that's not really right, actually I keep the house up on the inside, and I cut the grass. I enjoy the grass part! Hubby does other yard work and maintains the vehicles, and that includes oil changes in the trucks and yard equipment, lube jobs, and other garage work. It seems to work for us. Hubby also washes windows twice a year. I also do the shopping. When I get a job, I'm sure I'll be able to hire my sis back to help with the housework.
When we were kids we often thought that mom and dad had kids so they would have someone to do their work. How dumb were we? If they wouldn't have had six kids, there wouldn't have been all that work! wow!!! Anyway, our good upbringing helped prepare us for running our own houses. Thanks mom and dad!
Monday, May 12, 2003
Random Quesitions; Random Days......Monday, May 12...
Today's question is......What two television channels do you view most frequently? Name two of your favorite television shows....
I'd say the two channels that I watch the most are, Lifetime and A&E. Favorite shows would be Biography and pretty much any sappy movie Lifetime has to offer! My husband, on the other hand is addicted to the History Channel. Of course when he watches it he usually falls asleep, and then wonders why? wow!
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Saturday, May 10, 2003
Ok folks, you check out my quiz page linked to the right. I've added some stuff, and OttO taught me how to make blinkies! I'm going to add a blinkie page, but right now, they are on the home page. Check it out!
Random questions; Random days...
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Do you like games? If so, what kind, video, board, online, online interactive? Why?
I like games! I never really go into video games, even though we had an Atari game when we were younger, but I was never very good at it. Most board games are fun, but I hate to play word games with Sharba! She always wins! I don't mind playing Trivial Pursuit because I always feel like I have a chance to at least do better than the last time. I also enjoy playing Spider and Free Cell on my computer. The thing that really surprises me, is I've gotten hooked on Internet games. My favorite site is Pogo They have a wide variety of games that include, Poppit! FreeCell, and Sweet Tooth, just to name a few! You have the option to chat with other players, but I find it hard to play the game that way, so I pretty much keep to myself. However, when I play Euchre, I do chat with the other players at my table. I haven't played that one in a long time though.
Thursday, May 08, 2003
Random questions; Random days Day 2:
When is the last time you 'felt like an idiot' and why? Did you do something about it?
Hmmmm..... Good question! To answer honestly, I must say it happens more times than I care to count! I do remember one time when I was a kid staying at my Aunt Barb's house. It must have made an impact on me 'cause I still remember it!
She lived close enough to the store that we could walk to it. I was invited to stay over night there and watch the kids, my cousins. Aunt Barb asked me to go to the store and get some pop and she proceeded to name about 4 different types. Well, I went and bought an 8 pack of each kind, and when I got back to her house she laughed because I was only supposed to get one bottle of each! I felt pretty dumb, but she gave me enough money to pay for it in advance, and I don't think her directions were all that clear! Oh well,
Now lets see... recently?
I guess it was the other day when I picked up the chickens. I was supposed to get the feed also, and I knew we needed 250 lbs of starter and 250 lbs or grower. The starter of course has to be medicated because the little guys have to build up an imunity, but the grower should be nonmedicated. The fellow at Rocket J's (feed/chicken store) sold me medicated grower too. I reallly should have remembered to ask, because Dave made the same mistake last year. Did I do something about it? I sure did! The next day I took it back and exchanged it for what we needed. It worked out ok, though, because one of our turkeys died the first day, and so I picked up two turkeys too.
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My friend OttO, at OttO's BlOggOs has found an interesting site. it tells about your name.
YOUR NAME IS NOT AN ACCIDENT OF FATE: ACROPHONOLOGY AND YOU
Here are my results:
You are fair-minded sometimes to the point of being opinionated. You have a strong need to be loved and appreciated. You are relatively demonstrative in your affections. You enjoy being stroked verbally and physically. You can handle details well. You have a methodical mind. You have a discriminating nature coupled with perseverance and family pride. You have much enthusiasm with a driving attitude toward achievement in life.
Status is important to you and your ability to achieve success and earn money. You have a need to be noticed and seek status. You are soft-hearted with a charitable nature. You can be quite inventive and quite curious.
You can handle details well. You have a methodical mind. You have a great deal of loyalty to those you love. You have much inner strength. You have high aspirations and a cheery disposition. You have a need to be up front. You have good recuperative abilities. You are determined.
If you decide to to this, please do as I did and link to me, and to the link. You might also want to "x" out the letters in your middle and last name, except the first. This could be interesting, and who knows how many different folks we might reach!
Wednesday, May 07, 2003
A New Meme!
I usually post my meme answers on my other page, Some Fun By Windy, but I think I'll answer these here! This is a daily meme from Blogger Seeds . You will find interesting and thought provoking questions here on an almost daily basis! Check it out!
Wednesday May 7... Random question...
Who is the oldest person you can remember... and what do you remember about that person? How old was he/she?
My grandmother is 87 or 86. I'm not sure, but I think she is the oldest person I know. I'll probably read some other family member's blogs and discover I know someone else, who may be older, but at this time, she is the only one I can think of. My grandma still gets around pretty good. She is an active crafter who can be found at many bazaars around Christmas time. She does ceramics. She is my mother's mother. We used to go over to their house on Christmas when we were young. I remember that my grandpa used to yell at our other cousins because they ran around the house and were loud. We never got yelled at! We knew how to behave, and of course were reminded how we should behave on our way there. Even though there are 6 kids in our family and we are all close in age, we are older than our cousins, and all girls. I don't know if that made a difference, I'm sure the age thing did, but anyway, that is one story from my childhood I remember.
Tuesday, May 06, 2003
The Chickens Have Arrived!
You know it must be mid-Spring when we get our chickens! I had to go to beautiful downtown Crump today to pick them up. It's a good thing the chickens are cute when young, because I had to take them out of the box, one at a time, and introduce them to the water and food locations! They seem pretty active and healthy. I hope the stay that way!
Sunday, May 04, 2003
Well, now that I'm in the editing mode, I might as well blog for real! wow!!!
I LOVE this great weather we were blessed with over the weekend. Nice sunny days, but temps low enough to be comfortable! I don't really mind that it got cold out at night, because it makes sleeping easier. Dave got another chance to go fishing this morning, but alas, there were no fish! I wonder where the fish are hiding? Oh well, he got to enjoy the boat!
I did some stitching and some cleaning, inside and out! Really just a laid back kind of a weekend. Not much really going on here! So.....