Saturday, November 29, 2008

Lost & Found

I have no picture today. There's nothing that quite sums up my feelings about the last couple of days that can be captured by a camera.
Yesterday, I man was trampled to death by people(?) literally breaking the doors at a big box store and running like a mob over him. These same people continued to make purchases while an EMT crew worked over this dying man tyring to revive him. A woman was also trampled and nearly lost her child. All of this took place about 20 miles from my home. It upset me so much that I had trouble sleeping and when I did there were some bad dreams to contend with. For a while now, I have wondered just what the turning point for society would be. The turning point where we would all come back to humanity first and "things" last. I am reminded of when my husband bought me my beautiful engagement ring so many years ago. I asked him if he thought it was a good idea to get insurance on it and he replied "it's only a thing". I loved him even more from that moment on. It summed up for me the essence of a real human being. Things and stuff-all of goes away and is lost. Humanity is nearly going away with those "things & Stuff" as well. I am sickened by this. I want to know who all of those people are so that when I may come face to face with them I can know them and run away disgusted and frightened by them-which is the least they deserve.
What was found was an e-mail from a very talented friend this morning. She finished work on a commission piece that is an amazing piece of art. It's unbelievably beautiful and an exact copy of a famous painting done in fabric and quilted to perfection. Because of copyright issues it can't be shown on a blog and more's the pity. It's gorgeous. I wish she could share it with the world but understand that it could cause problems. That was the beauty in my morning and I was so grateful for a picture coming my way.
I think that when we view these amazing pieces of art it renews something visceral in us and Lord knows we can use some civilization today.
Our Thanksgiving was not such a happy one. We were happy to be with our friends but they were not happy about much of anything except us spending the day with them. The recent horror-filled economic crash has left our friends without a ladder and hanging on by their fingertips. What can happen in a six month period to a lifetime of savings is astonishing and scary. I am filled with fear for them. Tomorrow I am making Thanksgiving here at my house. My son was at his girlfriends house and missed my version of the day so now I will make it again and hopefully things will be a little brighter if only for a few hours. It's all about the smashed potaotes and gravy lake for James.
I hope you all had a wonderful day and that you have peace in your world.


Gerrie said...

I do hope your second Thanksgiving will be happier.

I echo all your sentiments. I have NEVER gone shopping on Black Friday. It has always seemed like an insane activity to me. It is now fueled by the mass media as they ratchet up the suspense for who will get the best bargains.

Oh, look at what my word verification is: garaldne - a weird spelling of my name.

Smile, my dear!! Love you.

Cindra said...

I was horrified by all the news of the last few days. The news from India, the shopping hysteria, I thought the woman lost her baby, and the gun shoot out in a toy store! What is the world coming to.
We shared our Thanksgiving with a family going through some serious challenges... life changing plus the economic situation. It's a tough world we live in. I am constantly thankful for this little circle of peace here.
I hope your day with your son is filled with peace and love.

Anonymous said...

I was shocked when I read about that trampling death too. You are so right about the way society seems to be declining right before our eyes. The media has told us for years that we want and need to have everything our eyes desire, that we should be thin, pampered, beautiful people, and we get caught up in it and lose sight of the truth. I want it to be possible to turn things around before it's too late.
Sending you a cyber-hug (((HUG)))

Darcie said...

I think much of society has truly forgotten what the true meaning of Thanksgiving and Christmas really are. And I have to confess, I myself would like to just whiz through them too. So much chaos. And why?

You WILL have a wonderful day tomorrow! Sounds delish already, Dee! Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

I heard about this today at the supermarket. It upset me so much that I cried. I couldn't believe it. There is something seriously wrong with us as a people that this would happen.

I hope your Thanksgiving dinner with your family is happier--I know it will be. You need some joy.

Debra said...

I recently had a strange incident happen to me in a retail store. I fainted just as I got to the register and as I laid on the floor "coming to", the salesperson at the register continued to ring up sales. The customers just stepped over me (while the EMS were tending to me). I guess I should feel fortunate they didn't step on me. It was all a bit horrible.

Hang in there with your family. May be time to hunker down at home for awhile.

Libby said...

I used to wish and wish that I could go shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. But I usually had to work and we had no money for shopping anyway.
Now that our income status has changed and I have the time to get to all of those sales, I have no desire to participate. I wear that as a badge of honor.
I can't believe that people are willing to treat others in this way all for the sake of a bargain. Bargain! Look at the price.

*stepping off my soapbox now*

Janet said...

I can honestly say I've never shopped on Black Friday. I don't like big crowds and now they're big, dangerous crowds! I thought the whole thing was just too sad for words. People have gone "insane" over stuff! And what does it really's still only stuff. When a life becomes so worthless compared to a bargain then we are really in trouble.