This has been quite a week hasn't it? Living in Florida has not been a ton of fun. The murder of an up and coming beautiful and talented singer, the tragic deaths of so many young and beautiful people in a nightclub in Orlando, and yes a tragic alligator attack that took place at Disney. Three places where young people have gone to have a wonderful time, where they should be safe and they weren't. As for the alligator that was a tragedy that had more to do with nauture than man, but of course people did play a part. Feeding those gators like so many people liked to do made them not fear being around people, thus tragedy happened. Here is my advice for you, if you are coming to Florida for a visit stay away from any fresh water area, a pond or lake might look like fun but there are gators there somewhere close and they are doing what they know how to do, trying to find something to eat. You can't blame the gator, it is nature.
I am a very, very political person, but usually not on this blog. But the events of this week have left me horrified and without adequate words to express how terrible it all is. Yes we watch from the sidelines, but for those living this it must be beyond horrific. Two of these tragedies have one thing in common, guns. Don't give that excuse that guns don't kill people, people do...... I do not believe that for one second, people who have guns kill people, of course not all of them but just a few that do can have such an unbelievable impact on the events of our lives. I am avidly against guns, but I can almost understand a rifle needed for hunting (which I also don't understand but can almost accept). I can even almost understand a pistol in your home if you feel that is needed to protect your family, I won't join you with this but I can almost get my head around it. But assault riffles with bullets spewing out of them faster than the speed of sound do not have a place in our lives or in our country. Sorry if you don't agree with me but that is the way I see it. I wish we had a gun free society, one where only the police and armed forces were allowed to have them, just think how much safer we would all be and frankly how many lives would be saved. As for Second Amendment rights, well those who wrote that had no idea that we would eventually have a world where high powered assault weapons could be purchased with little effort. They did have to protect their property and families, we do not we have a police force to do that for us.
I can't stop thinking about those poor lost lives, those beautiful, young and vibrant people who had so much to offer and so little time to do it. Their time cut short by one man and his assault rifle.
Little Buddy has helped this week. I look at him and try to lose myself in his Joy. I fear for him a bit living in this world of ours. My other boys are older, they can make decisions and think for themselves, but Little One is so pure and he will eventually be thrust out into a world where tragedies like this are happening more and more often, so much so they are losing their surprise factor. What another shooting? It is almost common place. This will be his normal, how sad is that?
We went to the beach Thursday evening, and to the splash park yesterday. We have been in the pool, read books, snuggled and laughed. He even let a two year old little boy borrow his walker at the splash park so he could run around with it. Little Buddy is different, will he be shot because he can't walk like everyone else, just like those who have been killed for believing something different religion-wise, because of the color of their skin or because of their sexual preference?
I was out of sorts before this last week happened and I am even more so now. Don't even get me started on one person running for our highest office and the hatred and horribly evil things that come out of his mouth.
My next post won't be political I promise, but to write about a beautiful flower, or my latest knitting project just seems to be so outside of my reality right now.
To those of you celebrating Father's Day today I wish you a lovely day. This is the first without my Father, who taught me that all of us are equal, race, skin color and religion do not matter and should not divide us, that everyone should help those in need even if that puts you at odds with others, and that guns only have a place in hunting and should not be used anywhere else. My Father was a hunter who as far as I know did not ever shoot a living thing.
If I have lost some of you readers for my beliefs I wish you well. I am who I am and that is just the way it is right now. I wish you all a safe and peaceful week.