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"Love" By Rolly A. Chabot
Please help yourself to a hug on the way in and be sure and share a few while you are here. "Why" you may say. Well just because, just try it and see what happens. What is in a hug? Many things but the greatest is touch. We all crave to be held and shown that someone cares.
Welcome again to the Fireside and my little corner of the world. What makes it special well just because it is where I call home in this monster world of this pace we call the Internet. It is where I hang my hat and I would like you to feel welcome.
Gather around, help yourself to what ever snacks are around and of course there is Quigley who just loves a good rub and is an energy saving vacuum cleaner should you happen to drop a crumb. No attachments, no accessories, no power cords and best of all no batteries. Some people buy those Robot units. I have one that works the best and loves her work. Do take the time to give her a pet.
Know that you are loved... I mean truly loved and find some rest while you are here.
For those who are new here and wondering what a Robot Vacuum looks like, well this is the model I have around here. She is a three year old Havanese who has brought more laughs into this home than you can imagine let alone the love she shares so freely.
No matter what time of day or night you move she has a toy to share with you. She has a preference over all the store bought ones over the ones that Dad has made for her. Rope tightly wrapped, an old broken shoe lace and best of all dads socks. There will always be one she finds and carries around. Once they have a hole in them they belong to her. They are the ones that have a knot tied in them. They are Quigley's she is reluctant to give them up but will share them with you if you toss them for her. Treats stuffed into the fingers of old leather gloves are the best. The ones she needs to work at are a favourite.
The best part is she can make a milk-bone last all day especially when Dad tells her to not touch it. Come home at night and it is all soaked with dog drool but in tack. One clap of the hands and it is savoured. She does not have an angry bone in her body and loves everyone equally and will mark you royally when you arrive at the door. So welcome from Quigley because she cannot talk verbally but shows her love openly.
She is a teacher like many of our pets we have. We could learn so much about love from the animal world if we chose to pay attention. Especially dogs, they are so very faithful and are always willing to share themselves with us. Just think what kind of world we would have should we be the same.
I did this woodcarving back in 1993 as a commission for a couple who were getting married. The family asked if I could do something which signified the love they had. The design was compiled of what I see as their love for each other. Two hearts brought together and interlocked for life. Today that same couple have three children as a testimony of the commitment and love they have for each other.
Why hearts you may ask. "Why not." This family have grown to be good friends and Rhonda and I talk on a regular basis. Matter of fact she called yesterday to have a chat. She like many people across the world had questions of what happened in Connecticut. Distraught at what has taken place like the rest of the world wondering why?
We see natural disasters take place and yes we see man made disasters but what has happened is so far beyond any of our minds we cannot process the event. I have had this sick feeling ever since I first heard of it and it has not and will likely not go away. What could this Adam Lanza ever have been thinking when he turned on the young and the innocent. Like many who do such unspeakable things they turn the gun on themselves for fear of what may happen to them in the end. What a terrible way to live.
The media and the talking heads, give tags such as mentally challenged, quiet, loner, kept to himself. There is nothing that can be said to explain, rationalize or dissect what caused him to do this. We are all born with the knowledge of right from wrong. It is inherent in all of us, a given as a child/adult that is imprinted into our DNA no matter the illness, we just have it. We know what is right and we know what is wrong.
What a sad day when someone can cast wrong aside and do the unspeakable which has been done. To think of what these 20 young lives and teachers who attempted to stop this had faced in those final moments is something I struggle with. God bless each one of those little angels. To you the families should you read this I want you to know that you are dearly loved and cared for by this community. I wish I had the answers for you. There have been many prayers spoken over the children and you the parents and the community. Oh how you must be grieving.
To Us All
The dreams and hopes, the ambitions of each child lost in the blink of an eye. The first date, prom, career, marriage, future children all dashed by one act of selfishness to make a statement. So many lives lost and for what we will never understand.
I cannot help but think of the many parents this Monday morning and what they were thinking and feeling as they dropped their children off at school. The thoughts they faced all day until they picked them up. What about the children, what could be going through their minds as they attend their schools, a place of learning, a place where friendships are formed. A place of safety.
As much as we hate to think of it, we have entered into a world of anarchy, a world where anything can happen. Do we live in fear, in terror over what may happen. Do we allow the element we see all around us to control us. I think not but I do think we need to be ever aware of the dangers that lurk close at hand. There was a time when we could speak out, a time when we could intervene when we saw something which went against the grain of society. Today we are far more cautious and say nothing and remove ourselves rather than say anything at all. We have become fearful and is it any wonder when we see what people have become capable of.
We Can Make A Difference
This title is a bold statement... "We can Make a Difference." Think about it. Two people I have come to know and love have. Rhonda and her husband have after they were married. They stood on the principle that love survives and conquers all. I know that many do the same. Take a look around and you will see it.
When was the last time you picked up the phone and called someone you care about and simply said "I love you," for no reason what so ever just said those words. Maybe even expanded on the words and tell them why. In the blink of an eye it may be to late to do so. Maybe there is an indifference that has separated you from another. Rather than carry it for years say something. If need be accept the blame and get on with loving again.
Do the words "I love you," mean anything to you as the reader. If they do great, if not then as a reader I want you to stop and think about it. "I love you" is what I say this day. Yes you and I who have over looked these words far to often over the years. "I love you."The distance that separates us can be great or it can be short, no matter the words mean the same.
Think of the world we could have if we cared for each other. Many of you have become friends through email and phone calls. I have come to know you, the names of your children, your pets. Your likes and dislikes. I have seen the passing of loved ones and I have shared your grief, shared your pain and hopefully love has grown from what we have shared. Have I made mistakes, of course. Have I learned from them, certainly. Life is a continual process of learning.
Join with me today and take on the challenge of saying "I Love You" to those you care about. Show any and all people you care with a smile, a kind word or a gesture of compassion. Lets gather together and stop this madness. Lets stop the tears and anguish of missing those we have lost with cries of joy. Make a difference in your world. together we can change many lives.
If you leave here today take one thing with you and hold it near and dear. Know that I love you and care about all those in your lives.
© Rolly A. Chabot
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