It’s all about perspective #VantagePoint – Part 3

Continued from previous….

As you sit there and ponder about yourself, you see a child in the car next to you.  He looks strange.  Not in a “he’s  an unfortunate looking child” way but more of a “something looks wrong” way.  You look at the driver and they’re on the phone.  You look back at the child and you see (what looks like) him trying to get the drivers attention.  You look back at the driver to see they’re too involved in the conversation to notice. You look back at the child and it clicks, this child is choking.  You…

Part 3

swing open your door and get the driver’s attention.  You attempt to open the child’s door but it’s locked.  The driver, still holding the phone looks over wondering what crazy person is trying to abduct their child.  You yell at them “LOOK…LOOK… THE KID IS CHOKING!!”. They look back horrified to see the child gasping for air.

The driver stretches back and then climbs over the front seat. They push their finger in the child’s mouth and by the grace of God is able to dislodge the fisher price person that was getting stuck in his throat.

The driver..now stunned that the event happened, looks at you, like you pushed it down the child’s throat.  No words are exchanged but you can see (or want to believe) that the person is thankful.  You look at the child, who is now breathing normally, look up at you with big watery eyes and give you shy small wave…almost to say thank you for saving what would have been the end of my very brief life. With your heart still racing and your head now pounding, you manage to give a half-smile as to say “Good luck with your life kid” and slowly shuffle back to your car.

You sit there stunned, still in disbelief of what happened.  Staring straight ahead, your concentration is broken by the ‘ding, ding, ding’ of your low fuel indicator.  SHIT!  Your car was running the whole time.  You quickly turn off your car (which you thought you had already done but the activity made you forget everything).  Now, as you’re back in the present state, you hear the radio personality announce…

“Looks like they’re opening the lanes on King again – traffic should start to flow!  Hope everyone caught a quick nap…hahahaha!”  If he only knew….

The sound of engines starting filled the air and traffic started moving.  You mentally scan the area for the closest gas station.  You know that you have at least 15kms in your reservoir tank but would rather not find out how accurate the car manual was so you make your way to the closest station and just as you’re about to pull in, a red Porsche comes out of nowhere and takes the pump.

You’re ready to get out of the car, put both hands straight ahead of you and fly over to knock him out like Superman but you see the spot beside him open up with no one waiting.  You glare at him with an evil stare and pull into the next pump.

It’s building up inside…you have to say something. “Thanks for cutting me off asshole” to which he replies..”Excuse me?”.

“Don’t give me that bullshit, you saw me waiting and you just pulled in.  Since when did Porsche start giving out certificates for being a prick?”.   Pleased with yourself for saying it (but kicking yourself because you thought of something of even better you could have said)..you notice something.  An expression on his face you didn’t expect.  He looks at you, genuinely remorseful…”I’m sorry, I didn’t see you there.  I wish you had told me, I would have moved…you see, this is…I mean was my Uncle’s car..he recently passed away and left it for me.  He asked me to take care of it but always said…don’t worship it.  I’m just trying to do as he asked. It was the last thing he said to me.

“WTF is going on!!!” you think to yourself!  Are you fucking kidding me?!  You’re eyes are now getting misty with tears because this man’s lip was quivering with thoughts of his dead Uncle.  Thoughts that somehow you manage to conjure up because “you just had to say something”.

You look at him and not knowing what to say…. “sorry to hear about your Uncle.  I’m sure he was a nice guy” You’re reaching for anything that will help this guy’s lip stop quivering. He nods and turns away.  You think to yourself “really…what else can go fucking wrong?”.

Just as the thought flows through your mind, you look inside the gas station and notice it’s suddenly dark in there.   You then look at your pump and see it’s stopped at $15.55 but you know your tank takes at least $80.  Then you look around and you notice that the street lights are out.  It feels like everything is moving in slow motion, then it hits you.  The power has gone out!

Expecting the generator to kick in, you wait….and wait….and wait.  Then you see the attendant come out to say “Sorry, the power has gone out and the generator didn’t kick in”.  FUUUCCCKKKKK!!!!!  He proceeds to say, “our sister station across the street is functional on their back up generator, you can go over there”.

You can’t believe this is happening.  You look over towards the other station and see the major intersection which you now need treat like a four-way stop.

You get into your car to make your way over and then….

 

@TheEllenShow is raising a #newgeneration

Do children seem more talented than ever before or is there more to it?

The reality is, this new generation (I’m talking about babies born in the late 2000’s new) have the technology to easily access information whenever they want.  With the fearless mentality that children possess, they quickly adapt to an evolving world which allows them to open their minds to a new way of learning.  Though they are in fact bright, I believe there appears to be so many ‘brilliant’ and ‘talented’ children because of the ability to share, like, retweet and follow these little wonders in an instant.  Thanks to YouTube and countless other social platforms, we can watch video after video of the youth in action.

Nevertheless, I love watching kids do what they do best…entertain!  They will dance, sing, tell jokes and play instruments to their heart’s content.  Some do it for a positive reaction from their family, others do it because they know how and they figure everyone can do it too.

We can always count on “The Ellen Show” to showcase these talented little ones.  The video below shows a four-year old ripping up the dance floor while his parents and audience cheer him on.  I’m realizing that parents can’t help but have a “Toddlers in Tiaras” moment when they watch their children perform on stage.  Though that show is so not right, I’ve watched it too many times in disbelief.  The show should really be called “Mommas tryin to Make it!”

And Scene…Fade to 2013?…

Well, we made it my friends!

We made it past the doomed Dec 21, 2012. People seriously believed that the world, as we know it, was going to be done and over with. I never really followed it to know how it was suppose to happen but I can tell you if I did believe in this apocalyptic event, I would have stopped paying my bills a long time ago and traveled the world. Wait, I can’t believe I just thought that.. Why would I wait for something massive to happen before going to see the world! Hmmm…. I’m onto something here. But I digress.

We made it past Christmas Day too.

I’m not sure if you felt it too but this Christmas season wasn’t the same.
There was no ‘buzz in the air’.

It could be the lack of snow in the city (which I’m not complaining about). It could be that I did my shopping in October so I wasn’t in the malls to hear the holiday music or see the shoppers bustling around looking for that perfect gift for their loved one. 

Actually, I was in a grocery store the other day and heard ‘Cuts like a Knife’ playin overhead but unless that song was about carving turkeys, I don’t think it counts as a Christmas tune.

I didn’t have any parking lot confrontations, which is unheard of. Or maybe it was because I only watched ‘National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation’ once and didn’t see ‘Elf’ at all.

A few people I’ve spoken with have agreed that something is different. They said if it wasn’t for the children in their lives that they may not have gone all out. All I can say is thank God for children. They truly keep the sparkle of Christmas alive.

Though I have no kids of my own, there are 9 kids that I’ve know since their birth and all of whom I hold dear in my heart. Most of them are tweens now and they already have everything in the world so I have no clue what to get them but gift cards.

Well, regardless of what the difference is, I am grateful for many things such as my health, my family (by blood and by love), my career, my home and mom’s fresh bread (made from scratch – no bread makers here).

One thing I do feel is something big coming for 2013! I have no clue what it is or what form it’ll come in but it’s near.

Over the years I’ve experienced these feelings of when there is a shift in my life. I’m not crazy…not in the psycho sense anyways.

We all have a sixth sense, it’s just a matter of tuning into it. When I get these feelings, something always comes of it. This one is going to be major!

I’m looking forward to the change.

Change is evolution and that’s the only way we grow as individuals.

Change is often for the better. Don’t resist it…embrace it and believe me it will work in your favour!

2013 is going to be a spectacular year!!

What did you learn at school today…

There are no words to express how heavy my heart is for those lost in yesterday’s tragic and senseless act of violence in Connecticut.

They were just children. Every life is valuable but taking the lives of innocent children? It’s like killing a baby bird in the nest. They never had a chance to fly.

My heart goes out to the parents and loved ones of those who lost their babies and family to this tragic event. I never want to know the feeling of – getting a call that an incident has occurred and then finding out that your heart and joy has been taken from you.

People are griping about gun laws. 

I don’t believe that’s the issue here…it’s the people using them.

Yes, I agree it may be too easy to get a gun in the US but the reality is, if someone wants something, they’ll find a way to get it. Legal or not.

In my opinion, we need to be more aware of various signs of mental illness. It doesn’t happen overnight. We need to be more in tune to those in our lives.

In no way am I defending the actions of those involved, this display of total disregard of life was beyond sickening. I’m just saying we need to be aware of the people in our lives.

From children with ADHD and Autism back to adults with Menopause and/or Midlife Crises’… these are are all form of mental illnesses. We need to be mentally aware.

Nonetheless, yesterday’s event was heart breaking and my heart breaks for all those affected.

Sally Anne took my toy!

In recent news, the Salvation Army has been under some scrutiny.  One of the executives has been fired along with one of their employees.

Over the years, millions of dollars worth of toys have gone missing and as the organization tightened up ship they came to reveal that something wasn’t right hence the termination of this executive.

I really have no clue how anyone is able to sleep at night knowing they’re stealing from children along with taking the kindness of others for granted.  My family often donates to the Salvation Army (aka Sally Anne). I thought it was one of the more reputable charities as they sometimes give donations to the needy opposed to selling it.

I’ve always had my issues with trusting that these large organizations would be actually giving to those in need. It’s stories like these that make me want to  think twice about donating.

The reality is, people are in need and need help. It’s takes one bad apple to ruin the bunch. In this case, this one bad exec has tarnished the reputation of Sally Ann but I still believe that the organization in general is good-natured and will continue to put the community first.

In no way do I represent Sally Anne, I just hope they’re able to recover from this negative press. Especially with the Christmas season fast approaching.

I give to a variety of chairities which have a common bond – children.  Every child deserves a happy childhood. Specifically at Christmas!

How of you feel about it?