I believe in reviewing blessings of the year at Christmas time. It's a bit like having to relay something you are grateful for at the Thanksgiving table. Most people hate being put on the spot and most don't care about others feelings so I am not going to tell you of my blessings, but I can tell you that I am glad I am not a Congressperson because I'd really be hanging my head in humiliation or embarrassment at this point for not doing my job that I would be paid very well for, including bloated ENTITLEMENTS. I really believe they should be fired and their benefits taken away from them, like any other citizen of this country would go through if they were fired for gross derelict of duty.
I am more than saddened by the Sandy Hook School in Newtown, CT. I have not been informed of some shirttail relative being involved in it. I know I have no close relatives involved, even though a great number of them, through marriage live in New England and I am sure that that event has touched many people in New England and the rest of the country. With that, I believe in gun control at least in so much as the amount of bullets a gun can hold. I think the military assault machinery should be hunted down and taken away from ordinary citizens, especially the gangs, and that includes the high-volume ammo magazines or whatever fancy name they want to put on the ammo containers. There are highly sought after rifles (I am told) that have to be loaded, one bullet at a time. Wouldn't that make it harder for people to be filled with bullets like Bonnie and Clyde?
I am glad I am not a video game enthusiast because I feel those videos of war and laying down a fire line that even a ant would be burned by the bullets screaming overhead. Why do we allow our children to watch those kinds of things? Can't you see that by desensitizing them, you allow the idea to enter their heads that, "Hey, it's only a game! It doesn't hurt anyone!" It works the same with letting them watch movies that are based on speed (the movement - not the drug) as the main idea of the movie, or monsters. The more we desensitize ourselves to things, the less likely we are to move when the red lights start flashing and the barriers come into view. What do you think those red-flashing lights, waving flags, and barriers are for anyway (I'm talking about the ones in your head, not on the road in front of you).
I have a long-time friend who believed in not telling her children no because there was far to much negative in the world. But she didn't equate the idea that by not telling them no, as in no you can't set the house on fire, no you can't drive the car because you don't have a driver's license and you don't know how to drive, and the STOP sign basically is an NO! Then when there were problems with her children, she basically couldn't handle it and it would blow her away into embarrassment because her children were unruly. You have to teach your children to behave. It doesn't come automatically. Children love to be nurtured, that means telling them no and why. I believe you can tell your children no by being kind with it. It doesn't have to be a stinging word. I can see it stinging them when you're in a panic because they are about to set the carpet on fire to see what happens, or they are about to touch the hot burner, but you can take them aside immediately after, hug them, tell them you are sorry for shouting "No!" at them and explain that you were afraid of them being hurt and panic had set into you. Children can forgive, and mostly do, until they are overwhelmed with meanness or hate, or an unforgiving parent.
So this is the first of my process of learning how to blog, as prescribed by my publisher and I finally got past the fear of it and took my page off private long enough to do this. When I have posted it, I will put my page back on private, go over it with a fine tooth comb and make sure that I am no longer worried about what's on there then make it public forever again.
I wish all my SparkFriends a very Merry Christmas.