Sunday, May 25, 2014

Birds' Nests

We've had so many nests this year.  Maybe not more than usual but they seem more visible at least to me. The cat was incarcerated in the garage for at least a month!

Mockingbird nest

Another pic of the mockingbird nest
I'll add a couple others here later.  Thought I had pics of those but hubby has them - Bluebird and Chipping sparrow.
Wren nest on the back porch

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

A Parable of Freedom

Once upon a time there was an orphaned young lady who went browsing at Macys in New York City.  While there she coveted a beautiful diamond necklace.  She knew she couldn’t afford to buy it so schemed how to shoplift it and managed to slip it into her pocket.   She thought she was safe until she walked through the big glass doors to the outside and was immediately handcuffed and arrested. In her pocket was found not only the necklace but a bag of heroin she had been selling on the street. She knew she had done wrong and had broken not only the department store policy of no shoplifting, but the country’s laws of no theft or selling drugs.  The Judge sentenced her to pay a fine of One Million dollars and spend the rest of her life in jail.  She was doomed.

Right then a well-dressed and obviously wealthy man approached the distraught young lady and told her he was actually her father and would pay the fine in full and also cover the bond needed to get her out of jail for life because he loved her.  Immediately she recognized the voice as that of a famous trillionnaire.  She couldn’t believe he was claiming her as his child! Rejoicing and weeping, she gratefully embraced him, thanking him for his unbelievably amazing and gracious gift.  There was NO WAY she could possibly repay him - they both knew that!

Suddenly it hit her - she was FREE!  She could hardly believe it!  Now I can go take whatever I want, she gleefully shouted to everyone within hearing.  In fact, she ran up and down the street, inviting people to come into Macy’s and take whatever they wanted.  My father will pay for it ALL.  “He has unlimited wealth and Amazing Grace! He has such love I KNOW he’ll cover it all” she yelled.  She couldn’t contain her excitement and zeal to spread the Good News!  No one paid any attention to the hurt and sadness on the trillionaire’s face.

 And to top it all, the United States did away with those and all other laws.  After all, the trillionnaire could now pay for everyone and anyone to disobey them, so why have them?  The law wasn’t needed anymore.  There was now no definition of crime, so there were no criminals.  The law was done away with.  The penalties weren’t penalties anymore because there was no law anymore to disobey.  There was no more stifling law, no more sin and disobedience and no more crimes. No more legal system. Oh, the Freedom was intoxicating!  What an Awesome Father!

And everyone lived happily ever after....