Childhood

Responding to Reena Saxena’s Exploration Challenge #101. Write based upon above image. https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/08/22/reenas-exploration-challenge-101/

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child; but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

1 Corinthians 13:11

I grew up in East London the second eldest of six siblings, three boys and three girls.. We lived, mostly, in a three bedroom council flat. My parents in one bedroom and the boys and girls in separate bedrooms. My brother and I slept at opposite ends of the bed and were constantly yelling at each other “get your feet out of my face”.

I’m not sure why, but I was the one elected to look after my younger siblings. I would baby sit them and walk them to school…..and I didn’t mind or protest doing this. As I grew older, left school and earned money I would take them to the pictures e.g. Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music. I was in the boy scouts for seven years and also helped out as “Bagheera” assistant cub master.

I emigrated to Chateauguay, Quebec, Canada. Being a Catholic I naturally migrated to the local church for Sunday Mass. The priest talked about wanting to start a scout troop so I volunteered as Scout Master. At our first meeting in the church hall I discovered boxing gloves in the cupboard. I asked the boys if they wanted to give it a try and they were all excited. Having chosen two volunteers I proceeded to lace them up. When I told them to start, the more aggressive boy literally flew at his opponent and pounded two or three punches in his face, causing his nose to bleed profusely. I stopped it immediately and that was the end of my attempt to introduce boxing to the scouting movement. I was a little worried over the parents response to this event but they were okay with it.

After two years in Quebec I married and moved to Ontario. A year later we had a baby girl, purchased a condominium town house and soon after our son was born . The condominium consisted of 34 units arranged in a square with a green in the middle. I used to think of it as a village. A large park backed onto the town houses, with trails and a man made lake. Adjacent to the park was a wooded area. We were run by a property manager but I advocated for self management, which was approved by the majority, and I became both treasurer and social director. I organized events mainly related to children’s activities because there must have been about 40 children living in the condominium. War games in the woods, apple bobbing, parades with decorated bikes, carnivals, water balloon fights, fireworks etc. We also had volley ball and dodge ball games of about 20 a side, street hockey and basketball.

On hot summer days we would have water fights with hoses, buckets, water guns and water balloons. I would spend hours, in the morning,with a few children helping to fill water balloons and that afternoon would see an epic battle with the parents versus the children. My next door neighbour, a carpenter, engineered a dunking tank. He asked if I wanted to volunteer to test it. My response was to go inside and dress up in a suit, shirt and tie and sit under the dunking tank. The children started throwing tennis balls at the contraption. It worked wonderfully, a great feat of engineering.

In the Winter we would organize snowball battles, one team versus another, having first built snow forts. We would celebrate all the holidays as a community, Easter egg hunts, Christmas carolling, Halloween, Canada Day fireworks, Fall corn roasts.

Fast forward ten years and my daughter had triplets along with her fourteen month old son and my wife and I looked after them from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. My play skills were badly needed in the twelve years we cared for them. I blogged about this here https://wordpress.com/block-editor/post/lensdiary.blog/458

Childhood is a time of exploration,adventure and learning with a mixture of selfishness and tantrums. I have not yet put away all childish things. May we all hold on to the positive aspect of childhood and discard the negative.

The Covenant

August prompt from Peregrine Arc . I have my own take on this inspired prompt. For full prompt please go to:
https://peregrinearc.com/2019/08/02/august-writing-prompt-rain-world-open/#more-1854

The heavens wept and the thunder boomed its lamentation for the folly of human endeavour. It had been raining continuously for twenty four hours. The sky a sea of black swirling clouds, the roads a raging torrent of storm water, spilling onto the sidewalk. Cold, hard rain beat on his face, uncomfortable, but clearing his mind, as he fought ankle deep through the rising flood waters. He saw the man in the drab brown clothing off to the side of the road, jumping to avoid an oncoming car, unable to avoid the wall of water that poured over him as the car sailed by. Except, the man remained dry, the water having no effect on his clothing. He strode purposely towards the man knowing the covenant would be renewed or broken this night.

He stared into the man’s yellow eyes, seeing the whole cosmos captured within their glow and asked ” How shall I name you.”

The man’s face twitched into a sympathetic smile. He held out his hand, watching the rain cascade around his fingers, leaving his flesh dry ” Does it really matter. You know me by many names.” He paused as if giving it some thought “In this form you can name me Poseidon. It seems appropriate.”

He gave a nod and answered ” It is not time. The covenant still holds. Honour our agreement.”

Poseidon just stared. ” You do so cling to your illusions about humans. Four thousand years ago I allowed you to build an Ark. Two thousand years ago when I threated another flood, you begged to be the scapegoat, to die to save humanity from it’s many iniquities. You thought to cleanse them with your words and suffering, the ultimate sacrifice of your body to redeem all humans. I say they have learned nothing, you have failed and our covenant is at an end. “

He cried out in despair ” They are getting better. The last two thousand years have seen advancement in their behaviour and living conditions. They still evolve, but there is progress. One more chance. That’s all I ask. You claim to be merciful, than extend your mercy once more. One more chance”.

Poseidon gave a deep sign. “For your sake I will give humanity one more chance. You have another two thousand years. Do not try my patience again.” Walking away he disappeared into the mist of time.

At that moment the rain stopped, the sun shone and a rainbow appeared in the heavens.

Jeremiah 8:22. “Is there no balm in Gilead.”

Credo

Reena’s challenge #100 is to write 100 words, poetry or prose on above image.
https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/08/15/reenas-exploration-challenge-100/

I believe in the one God, the first cause. outside of time and space, infinite.

I believe in the one son, made concrete by the abstract, to show us a path to love and understanding.

I believe that I do not exist but for the grace of God.

I believe that I am forever changed by the grace of God.

I believe that I should grow, learn, love, and forever strive for the infinite.

I believe that I am one person overwhelmed by the concept of infinity.

Memory

Responding to Reena Saxena’s Exploration Challenge #99. Write a caption or short piece for this image.
https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/08/08/reenas-exploration-challenge-99/

People once present to me with all their charisma and lust for life are now phantoms in my mind. I try to recall some image that captures their life’s essence but come up empty.

My wife says ” Do you remember Richard, that tall, skinny guy, bald head which he covered with that outlandish hat. He had that red bushy beard which grew down to his chest, always cracking jokes. You must remember. “

I recall the name and his allotted space in the gallery of my mind but Richard is just a reflected shadow lacking the colour and vitality of the original. Everything fades with time.

Climate Fundamentalism versus Climate Science

Responding to Reena Saxena’s Exploration Challenge #98. Use the word PERSPECTIVE.
https://reinventionsreena.wordpress.com/2019/08/01/reenas-exploration-challenge-98/

Pay careful attention to the New Catechism of Climate Change. Commit these words to your memory and repeat them daily so we can never forget.

The planet is all. We are nothing.

Humans have no value. We are just leeches sucking the life blood from our planet.

Rise up and strike down the evil climate change deniers.

In twelve years the planet will be overheated and we will be cast into a hell of our own making.

Go forth and spread this message children so that the whole world can repent, be brought into the light and seek redemption from Mother Earth.

Todays lesson is about climate change. Please remember the following points.

Our planet in its annual journey around the sun experiences temperature fluctuations which we know as Summer and Winter. We have made this journey for billions of years and will continue to do so for billions of more years.

Over the course of these billions of years it is only natural for this planet to enter different cycles which causes it to be hotter or colder at different times.

We humans are inventive, creative and adaptable creatures and as our planet gets hotter or colder we will adapt our living conditions to this change of climate.

Just as it is good hygiene to keep your room clean, you should also practice keeping our planet clean.

That’s the end of this simple but important lesson children. Go outside and enjoy all the wonders this planet has to offer.

It is all a matter of perspective. Prince Harry of England recently said that he and his wife will only have two children out of respect for this planet. His perspective.

Meghan Markle having her first child at 38 will not want to have children into her forties. My perspective.