Friday, April 27, 2007
'Tis the season for kids to catch the Spring cooties and our family was not exempt. Fortunately though we just had to suffer through the sniffles and sore throats....the RSV and the rotaviruses that test a parents ability to forego sleep are hopefully a dim memory. My sister however, is in the full throes of that stage with her 18 month old. She had her first experience with a late night trip to the ER when her son was so lethargic that she literally feared for his life. "Dehydration" was the diagnosis from extreme vomiting and all that other nasty stuff. A few hours on IV fluids and some antibiotics and they were happily on their way home. God bless the USA! There aren't too many of us that aren't within 15 minutes of an ER. Ah, and when we return home we tuck our babies in to their beds, make a bed on the floor next to them so we can hear them breath, and try to erase from our minds the haunting visions of an alternative ending. It is at these times that I imagine mothers all over the world that are not so fortunate. Mothers that love their children just as much as we love ours. The only difference is the resources we have available..doctors, nurses, ER's, all night pharmacies... right at the tip of our insurance cards. But too many Moms have nothing but prayer and desperation. Imagine losing your child from a simple bacterial infection... an infection that $3.00 worth of meds would cure. Imagine watching your child slowly breath his last breath, because you had nothing but impure water available to try to replace the electrolytes lost through vomiting and diarrhea. These are the conditions for millions of Parents and their children all around the world. My kids are whining all the time for more of their toys dujour of the moment. While children in other countries whine for food, or to not hurt, or to get warm. Not sure when it will happen.. probably when our children are a little older and not as needy.. but this will be my lifes calling. It's already happening...everytime I shell out $13.99 for a Webkin, or $10 in Happy Meals, I start mentally calculating how many lives that could save. In the meantime, I will pray that as humans we embark upon a collective journey with a vision outside of our personal comforts that believes every parent should have the resources they need to care for and cure their sick babies.
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The deep freeze of the past few weeks moved me to tears a few times as I looked at my sad wilted tulips. Surely the freeze would be there demise, I thought, robbing me of their promise that I look forward to every Spring. Not to be.. the tulips survived... God is good!
Monday, April 16, 2007
Imagine taking a quick trip to the breadstore and being delayed by the Team of 8 Budweiser Clydesdales crossing the road. That's what happened to a few surprised Peoria Citizens as the Bud Wagon decked out in full regalia made a surprise appearance at the Family Fun Fair Fundraiser to benefit the Peoria Center for Prevention of Abuse this past Sunday. I literally had chills up my spine watching those magnificent animals being unloaded from the 4 semi-trucks that housed them. A few turns about the parking lots and then they parked in front of the Budweiser Distributorship located on Industrial Lane in Peoria. To add to the revelry the Campaign to elect Councilman George Jacob invited all the passer-bys in to enjoy Brats, hamburgers and all the fixings. And lest not I forget a lovely sampling of the Budweiser Products. Hmmm... let me think, free food, beer and fun. Yup, George Jacob definately gets our vote!
Sunday, April 15, 2007
Today the Center for Prevention of Abuse had an amazing fundraiser at the Great Harvest Bread Company, located in the little strip mall accross from the Super Walmart in Peoria. The entertainment was donated by Happy Heart Entertainment, a 2 person duo that packed a punch of talent and appealed to just about everyone there. Chris Hawkins, the male part of the equation did a dead-on impersonation of Willie Nelson as well as Elvis, but I particularly enjoyed his duet with partner Betty Giacobazzi as they performed an eerie rendition of Edith and Archie's "Those were the days". The tweens all came alive as they DJ'd the line dance to the Cha Cha Slide. Apparently this has been a popular dance number for a matter of years but given the fact that our nights out generally have us home by 8:00 limited my opportuities to be exposed to this catchy little number. Credit should also be given to the Great Harvest Bread Company that donated all their sale proceeds to the center, in addition to providing a first rate location and setting. I highly recommend their high fiber multi-grain bread... simply delicious and as you know as we get older we can use all the help we can get in the fiber department if you catch my drift. Then the most amazing event of all might have even been unplanned... not sure... but 4, yes 4 decked out semi trucks pulled up in an adjacent parking lot and after a lot of shucking and jiving, voila, out pops the team of 8 Budweiser Clydesdales and their wagon. I swear I am not making this up. More about them in a later post. I noticed a lot of Bradley Students present as volunteers. The whole event made my heart smile...a definate event to add to next years calendar and an organization worthy of our generous donations.
Monday, April 9, 2007
Thursday, April 5, 2007
Tuesday, April 3, 2007
In the interest of full disclosure, I have to admit I did not watch this entire movie. Just couldn't get through it. If you read the summary on the DVD package, it leads the viewer to believe it is a comedy. This movie is as much a comedy as "The Excorcist". Packed full of disturbing images, sub plots and morbid music, the movie exposes the sub-humane realities of our meat industry. Yes, you will see cows living in misery before they are stunned skinned and gutted, often alive. Portrayed as equally pathetic, are the lives of the illegals who cross the border to work in the slaughter houses. If you do not become a vegetarian after watching, you will never be a vegetarian. NOT a feel good movie. I would recommend this movie to anyone who thinks they are experiencing entirely too much happiness.
Sunday, April 1, 2007
First, wait for your sump-pump to fail and your basement to flood. This excercise will work best if the sump pump fails on a weekend. note...if you want to try this method without waiting for your sumppump to fail just unplug it and let nature take its course . Then, get out a large piece of paper and draw a "T" chart. In the left column put a plus, and in the right column put a minus. Now start calling everyone you know who can possibly help you. In the plus column, put the name of any friends or neighbors who round up fans, dehumidifiers and shop vacs. If someone offers to help you, I would suggest you make a special column on your "T" chart and label it ++. Secondly, call your insurance agent at home (since its a weekend). If he takes your call, gives you private cell phone numbers of carpet extraction professionals, and makes a phone call or two on your behalf, then place his name in the plus column. Although note that he should be moved to the minus column if he later turns down your claim. Next start calling the water remediation professionals. If they return your call, act like they care, and offer a plan, put them in your plus column. If they never take or even return your call, well, you can figure it out. Next, call your plumber or handyman. If he takes your call and shows up the same day to replace the defective sump-pump, put him in the plus column. If he later sends you a bill 4 times his normal charge, move him to the negative column. Choose a carpet extraction professional and keep your fingers crossed. If within a week you end up where you were before you started, put that name in the ++ column. If you end up doubling your dose of anxiety meds after you get the bill, move him to the negative column. You have now completed this excercise. Tally up the neg column and delete those individuals from your address book, or rolodex if you are using the same contact system you used in the 80's. Then tally up the plus column. These are your true friends. Make double sure they are on your Christmas list. Cultivate and nurture these relationships... they will be the ones visiting you in the nursing home. The ones in the ++ column, you could end up marrying!