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Updated on May 28, 2020
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Beata works as a qualified primary school teacher, a councillor for drug and alcohol addiction and a farm caretaker for organic olive grow.

One family Christmas in Australia

Christmas Greeting to our joey, we saved from a dying mother and released back to wild.
Christmas Greeting to our joey, we saved from a dying mother and released back to wild.
Our usual Christmas tree to remind us of real pine trees growing wildly where we come from.
Our usual Christmas tree to remind us of real pine trees growing wildly where we come from.
Sharing the presents under our Christmas tree that cost so little but are priceless to us.
Sharing the presents under our Christmas tree that cost so little but are priceless to us.
Our Boxing Day 'barbie' with friends who come from the same country as us.
Our Boxing Day 'barbie' with friends who come from the same country as us.
Our family Christmas corner with our deceased ancestors to remember them.
Our family Christmas corner with our deceased ancestors to remember them.
Celebrating New year on our backyard to dance and sing and be grateful for our good life.
Celebrating New year on our backyard to dance and sing and be grateful for our good life.
On our backyard on the Christmas morning to greet new day,
On our backyard on the Christmas morning to greet new day,
Cleaning after Christmas celebration and everyone is giving a hand.
Cleaning after Christmas celebration and everyone is giving a hand.
Our Labrador likes the native flora growing in our front garden.
Our Labrador likes the native flora growing in our front garden.
Sitting in a tree on our backyard feels good for our children after their chores are done.
Sitting in a tree on our backyard feels good for our children after their chores are done.
Enjoying our ocean backyard is the must for every Christmas to come.
Enjoying our ocean backyard is the must for every Christmas to come.
Going for a ride in a friend motor boat is something our boys never miss out on.
Going for a ride in a friend motor boat is something our boys never miss out on.
Going for a ride in a yacht is even more enjoyable for them.
Going for a ride in a yacht is even more enjoyable for them.
Admiring an old ship, which the first migrant used to get to Australia while looking confidently towards the future.
Admiring an old ship, which the first migrant used to get to Australia while looking confidently towards the future.
I am the lucky one, I live in Australia. The expression on my children’s faces say.
I am the lucky one, I live in Australia. The expression on my children’s faces say.
The Christmas holiday’s mornings are also spent on the Swan River.
The Christmas holiday’s mornings are also spent on the Swan River.
Sailing on the Swan River is a family custom now.
Sailing on the Swan River is a family custom now.
Christmas bush flowers that grow only in this season are spectacular
Christmas bush flowers that grow only in this season are spectacular
Sailing away on an old ship on the second Christmas Day was a dream come true for our children.
Sailing away on an old ship on the second Christmas Day was a dream come true for our children.
Taking part in the annual Christmas Yacht Race was another dream that came true for them.
Taking part in the annual Christmas Yacht Race was another dream that came true for them.

Celebrate Christmas with your sponsored child


A decade ago my last child was born

around the first Christmas we nearly lost him

I realised, in this world

life is a fickle thing


Across the world

ten million children

die every year


Often I find

I will go for an hour drive

and I will see three or four things

in someone's backyard

through the shop window

in the street

that seem marvellously funny,

moving and precious

moments frozen in time

happy snaps of our fortunate lives,


' Celebrate Christmas

with your sponsored child'

a 'World Vision' billboard

around the corner

greeted me

I suddenly realised

that my little sheltered life,

my sick baby and my family

are not the only things

I should worry about.


Soon there will be another Christmas

my youngest son is ten

and so is my sponsored child


'WANAKKAM!

May you be blessed with a long life

my dear sponsor.'

I read again his brief report of his life.

He lived in a small fishing village

in North West part of Sri Lanka

there was no water for drinking,

the climate was very hot and dry.

His Father could not catch any fish

so he started to farm,

the only food he ate was rice.

Few years back

a Christmas tidal wave came

and swept his village away

a long civil war started again

in his Tamil homeland

and was lost to the Sinhalese

ruling side.

He wishes to have a home,

to have enough to eat,

to go back to school,

to study to be a doctor,

instead

he is one of the 300,000 displaced

Tamils in Sri Lanka

locked in a internment camp

looking for a way out...

he is lucky

he still has his family around.


I folded his translated letter

with a big sigh

I realised, in this world

life is fickle thing

I am so grateful

he is still alive.


Across the world

ten million children

die every year


l go for another drive

and see careless people

through the shop windows

absorbed in pre-Christmas

shopping spree

moments frozen in time

happy snaps of our fortunate lives

at the same time

in the middle of the ocean

Tamil women and children

risk their lives

with people smugglers

fleeing the genocidal war

seeking a better life

on our shores

maybe next time

there will be

among them

my sponsored child.


They are refugees

asylum seekers

illegal immigrants

dispossessed of all necessities of life


'How many boat people should we allow in?'

ask Australians casually:

' If you cross the Afghan border illegally, you get shot,

but you want our jobs, free education and health care,

therefore you come here on your leaking boats.'


'Go back, where you belong.'

'Stop the increasing tide of uninvited immigrants.'

I read the new billboards

on a street corner

next to Christmas angels

spreading joy and love.


I mingle among the crowd

full of Christmas cheer and spirit

my fellow Australians

many of them immigrants,

'boat people of the past'

what happened to us?


We can stop the wretched

reach shore

we can violate international law

we do not care if there is no

safe place for them at home

we are protecting our borders,

our comfort, our way of life.


Across the world

ten million children

die every year


MERRY CHRISTMAS MY SPONSORED CHILD

I REALISED, IN THIS WORLD

AT THIS TIME, AMONG MY PEOPLE

LIFE IS JUST A BARGAIN

A FICKLE THING

I HOPE YOU ARE ALIVE NEXT YEAR...

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    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      7 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my fellow hubber for your kind message, always good to hear from all around the world, so many people, so many opinions but so much goodness as well:) thank you...Beata

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      Demas W Jasper 

      7 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The battle for Australian sovereignty continues, or is it a battle for Australia's soul? This is a wonderful Hub, worthy of resurrection at this time. when we casually imagine a family's children burned by a Syrian barrel bomb dropped by their own military, which also restricts access to medical care. Are these the last days? I wonder. Surely there must at some future time be a stopping point after which God will judge all righteously. Thanks for putting such circumstances into words on a printed page.

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      9 years ago from Western Australia

      MERRY CHRISTMAS everyone and a peaceful festive season for all of those who don't celebrate it, I have written this hub one year again, and yet again it is still relevant today...hope you enjoy reading it:)

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      11 years ago from Western Australia

      thank you so much my dear friends for your wonderful comments I feel honoured to receive them...love and peace to you as well...love from Beata

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      Tony McGregor 

      11 years ago from South Africa

      Another great Hub. Your humanity shines through so clearly. Thanks so much.

      Love and peace

      Tony

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      SEM Pro 

      11 years ago from North America

      Your point is profoundly conveyed dear Beata - thank you for sharing. As someone who believes we are all citizens of the world, I too have a tough time witnessing the violence to protect those man-made borders and desire to protect them. These days war goes beyond even the borders, as we are all forced to witness war with nations, governments and civilians futily attempting to control others' thoughts and ways of life. We are all challenged equally in this school of duality called earth - to overcome greed, anger, lust, vanity and attachment. I've often seen natural disasters bring people together - reminding them that we are all in this together with love and compassion the only fulfilling path of choice. Please, keep letting your mind capture the moments of joy - - - they are what inspire us to proactively overcome the challenges, and bring others with us to do the same... much aloha, Sylvia

    • Beata Stasak profile imageAUTHOR

      Beata Stasak 

      11 years ago from Western Australia

      Thank you my dear fans for supporting me in my writing.

      Writing helps me live and breathe and when I feel frustrated

      and unhappy with the way things are I feel like obligated to get my point across. Thank you for understanding and supporting me. I could not do it without you. All the best from Beata

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      philip carey 61 

      11 years ago

      "They are not long, the days of wine and roses: Out of a misty dream, Our path emerges for a while, then closes, Within a dream."--Ernest Dowson

      Not sure why that quote came to mind, but it it did. This hub got me thinking. Well done.

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      lmmartin 

      11 years ago from Alberta and Florida

      Hi Beata, Another thought provoking hub. Yes, it does seem strange that the descendants of immigrants tell the new, "You can't come."

      I wonder what generations in the future will think of us. What judgements will they make? Will they look back at our time, our ways, our decisions with the same horror at which we look back at the Crusades, the Spanish Inquisition, the tortures and lack of freedoms of the past? Who knows?

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      Ralph Deeds 

      11 years ago from Birmingham, Michigan

      Great work. I admire you.

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