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An Email into the Future; Weekly Writing Challenge:Mail it In

Published September 23, 2012 by Natalie D. Sparrow

From: Me, mom
Sent: Sunday, September 23 2012 2:08pm
To: My Adult Children
Subject: Superheroes and the School of Life

I’m writing this email because there is so many things I want to share with you, but I know that by the time you’re old enough to understand them, I probably wouldn’t remember. I want you to know the things that I’ve learned so far about this amazing universe and this journey through life. I hope one day it will all make sense to you, and you’ll understand this on a more profound level.

I want you both to know that you have become my favorite teacher’s in this school of life. I think that whoever came up with the saying, parents are their children’s first teachers, should’ve also added children are their parent’s best teachers. This is so true for me, and I feel blessed that you came into my world at just the right time.
Lately, we’ve been watching a lot of the X-men cartoons and as I sit there my mind drifts away. Far away from Wolverines awesome attitude, Jeans crazy and envious powers and the X-men’s battles of good vs. evil, into my own little world of imagination mixed with a light dose of heroism. It’s as if a personal version of X-men plays in my head, except in my amazing movie you both are my heroes. Well the last part is definitely not figment of my imagination; you are my teachers and my heroes! Now, I have a pair of super heroes that have helped me see life in a whole new way. You gave my life meaning and showed me the important things in life. They are important things that I want you to remember as well.

I want you to remember that true love is everywhere; it’s FREE it can never be bought, tied down or manipulated in any way. When that happens, love becomes corrupted and ceases to exist if it ever did exist in the first place. Remember that even in the darkest place, love can always find its way if you keep your heart open to accept it. True love if you let it, has no stipulations or grudges; it just flows freely without expecting anything in return.
I want you to remember that compassion and empathy might just be the key to happiness. Doing things for others brings a sense of joy and unity, and if you do it with sincerity your life will acquire a whole new meaning, and sense of overflowing happiness that reaches out to everyone in your path. I want you to remember that if you harbor judgment and criticisms for others, you only hurt yourself. When you focus on others you stop focusing on yourself, and you stop growing because you don’t see what you need to work on in your own life. I want you to remember that success isn’t measured by what you do in life or how much money you have in the bank. Live your life for yourself and do what makes you happy. People’s opinions constantly change; one minute your family and friends may not like what you’re doing and the next minute they’ll be boasting about you and the very thing they didn’t like. Love what you do whether anybody else does, be your own electrifying audience. I want you to remember that things constantly change, learn to accept change. Most of all I want you to remember that we are all connected every citizen of this world and every living thing. We are one, even though we look different or have belief systems as opposites as black and white. So when you begin to exclude yourself and think to highly of yourself remember we are one.
I know there might be so many other things that I want you to remember but I might just have to email you again when I learn and remember some more. I hope one day you both will have your own super heroes to come in to your life and help you think about these kind of things. I’m grateful of my current curriculum in the school of life, I know I still have a lot to learn but I do have the best company along the way to help me out. Please don’t get any ideas, this is not an excuse to got out having babies at an early age. Don’t rush out, bringing me back superhero grandkids and giving me an early heart attack (like I almost gave your grand-mother). There are so many other ways to learn from life, just enjoy your own journey whatever it may be.
Love Always,
Your Mom

Published September 21, 2012 by Natalie D. Sparrow

I love music that offers positive and encouraging messages, I act like a little child with a brand new toy when I find a new and inspiring song. I can’t really keep a beat myself but I know music has the power to transform and bring us together in such a powerful way. Today was  great day for my Google and You-tube music search since I was automatically re-directed to awesome music from different International Day of Peace sites. I heard so many today, that I really enjoyed and will be adding to my play-list. I know we should have Peace Day every day to show our dissatisfaction with the way things are now and to focus on our hope of a better future. In many ways, music and the arts can play a constant role on this not just on peace day but everyday. Here is a post I’m re-blogging from To Be Aware. Love the post and of course Michael Jackson’s song!

NS

 

To Be Aware

It is coming,
It is truly coming.
It can be felt moving through space,
A new era of world unity and love.

The day, in which all stories will be unfold, is very close.
stories about countries, about religions, about seperation – will all be dropped at once.

May all weapons be dropped to the ground,
all boarders be removed,
all lies, blind hatred, unkindness be fade away.

may all sentient beings be free from suffering.

LOVE.

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Re-flexing and Reflecting

Published September 1, 2012 by Natalie D. Sparrow

I know that I started this blog with a motivational purpose in mind, but because my children have become my biggest source of inspiration this may appear to be a mommy blog. Thank-fully, my children finally passed the diapers stage so I definitely won’t be blogging about the life lessons in smeared poopy diapers, and multi-food vomit on a brand new blouse. It’s a new moment, those years are behind me.

HALLELUJAH!!!

         Ok.  so I won’t bother with crazy infant and  toddler stories, but I have learned so much in this strange new lifestyle called mother-hood, that I find it hard to keep it all in. The crazy thing is that many of my life lessons all start in my front yard. I live in apartments and there is a very nice playground right outside my door, a lot life-changing moments happen there.

Like the other day, my daughter Sherri was in her own little world.

Until she decided to do what she always does everywhere she possibly can.

CLIMB!

Just like her brother.

Anyway, so she continued to climb, until she reached the top. I made sure I was right by her, but then a cute little boy’s voice interrupted. “Mom, look at me, look at me!” I turned to se a quick cart-wheel he had done. When I turned back to see my daughter she had slipped off the pole and was heading down.  I wasn’t quick enough, I seen her entire arm land way behind her back as she tried to brace her fall.  I noticed a pointy part of her bone bulging out, instantly I knew her arm had been fractured. A tremendous amount of thoughts invaded my head as I put my kids in the car and rushed to the emergency room.

Of course every-light was red and all the idiots that don’t know how to drive happened to be out. Maybe I was just a tiny bit sensitive but it sure felt like nobody knew what they we’re doing right then and there. You know,  at that time my problems were the most important in the entire universe. Well, at least I had a valid excuse!

Fast-forward, we’ll skip the joys of parking; we’re in the emergency room and everything is going surprisingly fast. Yeah, everything was quick until the doctor assistant started reviewing the x-ray. At least an hour passed by before he came in with the results. Time couldn’t go any slower for me, and a ton of negative thoughts and all the guilt took a hold of me. What made everything worse, was that the doctor came in and told us that the fall was really bad and the fracture was on her elbow. She wouldn’t just need a cast but an entire surgery.  (More negative thoughts)

It was one of the worst feelings I had ever had. It was so painful to watch my daughter cry and whimper in pain. I felt powerless because I couldn’t help her at all. I have experienced pain and fear before mother-hood but somehow seeing my little girl in pain topped all the emotions that I ever had for myself.  (More guilt and negativity)

Well, the emergency room didn’t have an orthopedic available so he told me they had to refer me to an orthopedic doctor who needed to see my baby girl within 1-2 days. Four referrals and week later, we met her pediatric orthopedic doctor who thankfully was the best doctor I have ever met. She confirmed all my fears; surgery was the best option but  she reassured me that the risks we’re very low.  So I put my bold face on as much as I could, I didn’t want to transmit my anxiety to my little one before her big day.  We took a deep breath, and the healing process begins.


Sherry doing the E.T. phone home with the heart rate monitor before surgery.

On an empty stomach, talking about her first meal after surgery

So, they take her in and of course I’m terrified.  Thankfully, I had the best company and it made a lot of the stress easier to bear.  Now all we had to do was

wait for it, wait for it, wait for it.

My princess after surgery, obviously not very hungry.

The next day, a bit high from the medication.

ONE WEEK LATER

THREE WEEKS LATER

          Yeah! the cast is of and we’re almost done with the healing process. A bit of re-flexing and reflecting and it’s all behind us .

HALLELUJAH!