What I am more than I can express thankful for today, however, begins with a Canadian Senator who I have admired and heard speak, both in person, and in a documentary, Roméo Dallaire. He announced his resignation yesterday. He is, without a doubt, the most inspiring and also the most humble of people in the Senate. He is leaving to better the world, in short. When I heard him speak at our Teachers' Convention several years ago, he was passionate about the importance of citizens being involved with NGOs, Non-governmental organizations such as Animal Alliance of Canada and Doctors Without Borders and Free the Children to name only three, but three that are near and dear to my heart. If you ever have a chance, go and listen to founder of Free the Children, Craig Kielburger, speak, or YouTube him; he is an AMAZING speaker. As is Monsieur Dallaire.
He wants to do more work with child soldiers, as in putting a stop to this horror, with educating people about and working with Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome, something he himself has suffered with for the past 20 years, since he was in charge of Canada's Peace-Keeping mission (with too few men) in Rwanda during the 1994 genocide.
Where am I going? I am thankful for people like him, who serve, and who aren't afraid to speak up for the less fortunate, for the innocent, for the victimized, and continue to do so, even when it falls on deaf ears. People who advocate for the wrongly maligned and incredibly mistreated Pitbulls, "pibbles" like Rocco, who gets regularly bossed around by Bella, a 6.5 pound cat.
|Sandra is leaving....Rocco is in his happy place.....but will Bella share??|
I am so saddened by the human race in general, but so uplifted by seemingly small acts of kindness, by people who give, be it their time, their love, their expertise, their passion, their dollars, their patience. . . would that no child, no woman, no man, no animal, ever be violated.
Think I'm going to head down to the basement and make something for a child right now. Check out Sarah's blog at Confessions of a Fabric Addict for ideas for patterns as well as places who could use these items. Our Kingsville Guild makes bags and stuffs them with important items for newborns taken by Children's Aid.
Last of all, I am also thankful today for the fresh asparagus Jude just brought over for us, as I finished typing this post! How wonderful to eat fresh produce, grown by a farmer just down the road! And to have such wonderful neighbours, who share so much more than food with us.
|More wonderful bounty of the Sun Parlour, Essex County|