I’m a Believer

I believe in Bigfoot. There…I said it. I like to think that somewhere out there is a primate smarter than us at staying hidden. They are just out there minding their own business, throwing rocks at the occasional camper, knocking on trees, yucking it up with their fellow sasquatch. I do not, however, believe in mermaids, etc. Do I believe the Mothman could be real? Sure. The Jersey Devil? Perhaps… What about Chupacabre? Yes…I’ve seen one. I have a theory though on what these other things might be. I feel like in many cases these cryptids are just regular animals with a bad defect, or perhaps they are flukes in nature. That thing that washed up on shore a few years back that no one could identify? Turns out that was a dead sea turtle without its shell. That is one scary looking creature! Chupacabre…what is it really? They actually killed one and ran a DNA profile on it. Turns out the thing is a hybrid between a coyote and a dog that for whatever reason is born hairless. Ugly things. Why they choose just to suck the blood out of their prey I’m not sure, but that seems to be their M.O. I have no real theory on the Mothman other than if you see him you better prepare for the worst. My point is simply that I feel kind of sorry for all these things. I mean, it wasn’t that long ago that if a person was born with a defect they were put in a circus side show. Now we can help those folks and nobody calls them “freaks” anymore. I believe there will come a day when many of these cryptids are found to be defective animals and nobody will fear them anymore. And yes…I firmly believe that one day someone will get actual proof of Gigantipithicus (bigfoot) and nobody will be afraid of that anymore either.

I also believe in ghosts. I catch crap for this one from my husband. I’ve seen things though that prove to me beyond any doubt that they are real. Do I think that every person who dies becomes a ghost? No…but it isn’t as simple as unfinished business either. I think if you go “to the light” then maybe you stay there. Others I think are walking around in a sort of dream state. Some repeat what they used to do and others give intelligent answers like maybe you are in the dream with them. I won’t have the answers until I, myself, have gone on to the great beyond, but if there is any way I can, you better believe I’m haunting the crap out of somebody. The Bible just says that we are asleep in Christ and that we who believe become as the angels. Well, we know that the angels come and go from the earth…why would we not be able to do the same? As for being asleep in Christ, that is where my dream theory comes from. Of course they are all just theories until we get there ourselves.

Moving on to a completely unrelated topic…Why is it that smokers think it is okay to toss their cigarette butts out the window of their car? Is the world your ash tray? Do you not believe Smokey the Bear about the smallest things starting forest fires? Doesn’t it bother you that you are littering? Somewhere there is a Native American with a tear in his eye over the spoiling of the land. I’m just sayin…

British Invasion

Let me start this by saying that I have nothing against the people of England at all. In fact, there are many who are quite delightful. However, I am sick to death of every TV show I watch having some pretentious little English twit on there with their pretentious accent trying to come across as smarter than the others on the show. Just because you have an accent does not make you smarter or better than anyone else. In fact, it is well documented that your royal family are inbred, which here would be ridiculed, but for some reason there is perfectly acceptable. While I’m on the subject I’m also tired of the “smart” one on the show either being from somewhere North in America or from England. Just ONCE I’d love it if the only one with any sense at all spoke with a deep Southern drawl. There are tons of highly intelligent Southerners.  Somehow though, WE are the ones who get made fun of for being inbred.

Back to the British thing…I’m also tired of them pronouncing words incorrectly. The show is called Down Town Abbey. Not DownTon Abbey. Apparently if you don’t pronounce it DownTON you are an unsophisticated half-wit. Too bad, folks…YOU invented the language…try playing by the rules.

Okay…enough about accents…now on to more important things. Would the retailers of the world STOP sending 5 emails a day telling me that this is their best sale yet and the final day for it? I know when I get in tomorrow there will be more emails about the same sale. I’m not stupid. I wasn’t born yesterday.

Moving on….would the people of Pinterest STOP making “urban” versions of Disney princesses? If you have never seen this then you won’t understand, but it is more than a little disturbing. Picture Snow White in jeans and a cut off t-shirt with tattoos all over. I think they are missing the point of what a princess is. There is enough of that crap in the world as it is…let’s let our kids enjoy a little classy royalty while they are small. Let them pretend to wear frilly gowns and go to “the ball” once in a while.

Last, but not least, would Kroger please stop changing the packaging on items, marking it up and then pronouncing they have a “NEW low price!” I shop there 3 times a week. I know what the price should be. I’m not stupid. Just be honest…put a sign up that says “You need this…here’s what you’re going to pay now.” At least I can respect that. I’m just sayin…

Reflections

You know, I haven’t really had a lot to say lately. This time of year always has me moving at warp speed, but this year I am feeling extra stress, despite having finished my shopping a whole week before Christmas. Sometimes there just aren’t enough hours in the day and some days it feels there are entirely too many.

This year has thrown us many curves that none of us expected. It’s hard watching the people you care about decline in health and knowing that there is nothing you can do about it but help them with basic things. Sometimes I get pretty angry that this is all happening, but for the most part I have accepted it as all part of the plan. Everything that happens is for a reason. That’s the peace I have. Sometimes you just have to realize that as much as you might like for it to be different you are NOT in control. Instead I have chosen to educate myself on the problems and attack with what little strength I have in the situation. I may not be able to cure the problem, but I can make the symptoms a little less for them. I am a reader and I believe in educating yourself if you can. That is my defense…knowing all I can about what I am up against.

I’m also feeling my age this year. My baby girl is ten for crying out loud! TEN! The time has flown. I knew it would, but this is ridiculous. I feel like just yesterday she was toddling around the house throwing books at my face and laughing. (She did this a lot as a toddler.) Now she is helping me cook and going shopping with me and doing our nails together. She’s my best friend in a lot of ways. I can’t imagine life without her.

This year has brought me closer to my siblings for sure. That’s one thing I’m thankful for. We have always been pretty tight, but dealing with certain issues together has brought us much closer. I think we will survive our current situation much stronger than before and I truly believe we will always be close as a family. We just have to continue to find the humor in everyday things and keep each other grounded.

So, I guess what I’m saying to you all today is keep the ones you love close to you. Never fail to tell someone how you feel, assuming they already know. Never complain about your loved ones wanting to spend time with you. There may come a day when there is no more time and those memories are all you will have. I’m just sayin…

Speaking My Mind

Something has been bothering me. Every time I stop for gas here lately I see moms and dads doing the “kid swap.” It breaks my heart. These people are really kids themselves and are obviously not doing so hot financially based on the vehicles they are driving. Can I just talk to you guys for a moment? There’s this thing called birth control. I don’t know if you’ve heard or not but it’s FREE now. Take advantage and stop having babies you can’t take care of. I feel so bad for these kids getting shipped back and forth while their parents argue about who the other one is dating and don’t forget this or that or the other.

Something else that’s been on my mind…How come there are no Christmas songs about Joseph? Does anyone realize what he went through? Mary is practically worshiped, but poor Joseph gets nothing. This is a guy who had to go COMPLETELY on faith. I mean, he had to have faith that his fiancé didn’t just go out and get knocked up by someone else, but that it was actually divine intervention. Then he had to care for that child as if it were his own. That’s a lot to deal with, especially in that day and age. I say, write a song about Joseph. Let’s give him a little credit for having incredible faith and being a good provider.

Here’s another thing. Would Hollywood please stop announcing that Santa may or may not be for real? Those of us with kids would like to keep the magic alive and stupid Christmas movies cause them to question everything. Keep your big trap shut!

Also, if you don’t like Christmas or the holidays in general please just stay in your house for the next month. Don’t go out in public, grumpy, and ruin everyone else’s Holiday Spirit. Some of us want to be positive and enjoy the season. For some of us it is a welcome distraction to the tragedy that surrounds us. Let’s celebrate the birth of a Savior who, through his sacrifice, has enabled all of us to be forgiven of our shortcomings and able to spend eternity together with Him. That’s the hope I have this time of year. With death and sickness all around me, I have that hope to hold onto and by nab I’m going to get my happy on. If you don’t like it then stay home in your miserable little world. I’m just sayin…