January 30, 2009 – The Perils of Winter

Well I hope you all made it through the winter weather without any major incidents.  We certainly owe a debt of gratitude to those who have been out at all hours clearing the roads, shoveling the sidewalks, etc.  The weather of this past week has been a challenge for everyone, including the deer in the picture above that are rummaging for food.  I shot this earlier this evening behind my house.  I guess they didn’t make it to the grocery store before all of the milk and bread were bought up.  Things certainly could have been worse – many folks south of us still have no electricity and many may be in the dark for some time yet.  Our thoughts and prayers go out to them and everyone suffering from the effects of the weather.

An item in the news the last couple of days caught my eye – the woman who gave birth to octuplets (8 babies).  This is certainly newsworthy in itself.  Then it was revealed today that the mother already had six children, and is not married and lives with her parents who filed for bankruptcy last year.  I certainly wish all of these children the best, but to say the least it doesn’t appear to be the ideal situation.

I am not a parent, but I certainly respect the role of parents and the sacrifices that they have to make on behalf of their kids.  And I also know that the vast majority of parents have the best interests of their children at heart.  But stories such as this give me pause.  Did the mother think about the perils that these children could find themselves in?  There are of course the health issues that potentially come with implanting multiple embryos.  And then if the children do turn out to be in good health, there is of course the issues of providing them proper care and how they will manage financially. 

The church takes a lot of flack for its positions on natural family planning.  But is there any other scenario that is more natural and God-given than the blessing of having a child?  And concerning couples that are unable to have their own children – there are options available such as adoption.  I just feel that God should be the ultimate judge as to whom new life should be given.  I have been asked in the past if I wish that I had children of my own.  Ummm …. no.  Again, I have the utmost respect and admiration for those who made the choice to bring new life into the world and who devote so much of themselves to their kids.  But I just know in the bottom of my heart that it would not be my cup of tea, and I think that this is a decision that should be respected as well – and a decision that others perhaps should have heeded.

OK, I’m off my soapbox – on to other pressing matters, namely the SUPER BOWL, BABY.  I heard today that with the exception of Thanksgiving, the day of the Super Bowl is when the most food is consumed in our country.  I would feel out of place then if I didn’t do my part to keep this tradition alive.  Anyway, here’s my prediction (no wagering, please):  I will be rooting for the Cardinals and Kurt Warner.  I am always a sucker for the underdog, and there’s certainly no bigger underdog than a team who hasn’t won a championship in 63 years (well, actually the Cubs would be a bigger underdog, but this is football).  But in looking at the teams objectively, I thing the Steelers have more experience and the better defense, so I have to go with a prediction of Pittsburgh 26 – Arizona 13, and the hope that as usual, my prediction will be wrong.

Finally, a little Super Bowl joke to wrap things up: A young man was very excited because he had won a ticket to the Super Bowl.  His excitement lessened, however, when he realized that his seat was at the very top of the stadium.  So he searched the rows ahead of him for a better seat, and he found an empty one four rows from the field.  He approached the man sitting next to the empty seat and asked if the seat was taken.  The man replied “No.”  Amazed, the young man asked, “How could someone pass up a seat like this?”  The older gentleman responded, “This is my wife’s seat.  We have been to every Super Bowl game until now, but she recently passed away.”  “Oh how sad,” replied the young man, “But couldn’t you find a friend or a relative to come with you?”  “No,” the older gentleman replied, “They all decided to attend the funeral.”

Enjoy the game!  Peace. 

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