Be thankful

We’re sitting here watching the Olympics opening ceremonies in London, and it’s wonderful and moving and a really, really good reason to have a TV.   Even the commercials are above average.

Part of me feels guilty sitting here, thoroughly enjoying myself and giggling and the antics of Queen Elizabeth and Daniel James Bond Craig.

That’s because this morning the 8 year old daughter of a friend of mine woke to find she could not see out of her left eye.   I only know because of a quick request for prayers and good thoughts posted by my friend on her Facebook page before they took their daughter to a doctor to try and find out what is wrong.

As of right now, I have no update on her condition.

Today was Friday so I went to Pilates as usual.  The woman who is the co-founder of the studio has a daughter who is 7.   She is in school in Brooklyn, and her teacher there also tutors her privately in French.   As a result they have grown quite close.  Today I found out that two weeks ago that teacher was arrested for the murder of her own children, ages 5 and 4 months.   She killed them after an argument with her husband and also tried, but failed, to kill herself.

So as you have dinner with your family, or watch the opening ceremonies in London, or say good night to your kids, remember to be thankful.   Remember that most of your troubles are small when compared to what others are going through.   And send out some thoughts, a prayer or good karmic energy to those who are not as fortunate as you on this day.

About Amy

Amy Milstein was born and raised on a farm in Indiana, but after 20+ years considers herself a full-fledged New Yorker. She is married with two kids, who do not go to school but are instead life learners. This means they learn by living in the world (real life ) instead of hearing about it and simulating it in a classroom. With her family, Amy loves to travel, read, watch movies, write, sew, knit - the list is endless.
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One Response to Be thankful

  1. miriam brougher says:

    How sad! It seems to me that a growing number of people in this world have lost their conscience. My thought is: how could anyone with a conscience at all kill anyone, let alone their own children??