Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Organization

Person A: How many children do you have?
Person B: Biological, spiritual, emotional, or legal?

Person A (let’s call her Alice) worked for The Child Welfare League of America (CWLA) which is the oldest national organization serving vulnerable children, youth, and their families and she received a complaint that Person B (let’s call her Barbara) who had many different types of children under her care, may not have had their best interests in mind.  Barbara was a sarcastic person and she saw the world differently than most other people, so she answered Alice’s question with her own question.  Barbara was a hippie and she had seven biological children and none of them had the same father and many of them she had no idea who the biological father was.  Barbara believed in free love, but she was married twice, and both of her marriages produced offspring, but that may not have been from her husbands.  Barbara has three spiritual children who she referred to as Indigo children who she said were astral beings that were sent to her to help guide everyone to a higher plane.  These three children just showed up on her doorstep one day and it was like they adopted her to be their mother.

Alice was appalled by this story, and she told Barbara that she can’t take in children because they want to adopt her as this is not the way things are done.  Alice explained that since these three children were mot of legal age, that they would need to be put into the system and let the courts decide what to do with them.  Barbara told Alice that these children were happy, and it would be cruel to take them away from a place that they identified as home.  Barbara knew that these children would be fine wherever they ended up because they are highly intelligent with good intuition, they have healing abilities, and a strong spiritual connection with the universe.  Alice then inquired what Barbara meant by saying that she had emotional children.  Barbara recited the following poem.  “Monday’s child is fair of face, Tuesday’s child is full of grace.  Wednesday’s child is full of woe, Thursday’s child has far to go.  Friday’s child is loving and giving, Saturday’s child works hard for a living.  And the child born on the Sabbath day is bonny and blithe, good and gay.”

Alice was confused again, so she asked Barbara what that poem had to do with her having emotional children.  Barbara said that seven children were left on her doorstep, and she took them in to provide for their needs and give them love.  She named them after the days of the week when she discovered them, and they all seem to be emotional different, so she calls them her emotional children.  Alice told Barbara that just because someone leaves a baby on your doorstep that this child does not belong to you.  There are procedures that need to be followed and they will need to find a tentative placement for all of these children, but for the time being they could remain in her custody till the state finds an appropriate foster parent.  Barbara gave Alice a dirty look and said, “I guess you are going to do what you are going to do, but what goes around comes around and these children all have a stable environment, and it is probably not a good idea to upset that by rocking the boat.”

Barbara told Alice that she also had three other children that she legally adopted and that she could show her the paperwork if she was interested in seeing it.  Alice said that wouldn’t be necessary at this time, but that she would be returning to straighten everything out.  Barbara asked Alice who the a-hole was that registered the complaint against her, and Alice said that she wasn’t allowed to reveal that information.  Barbara said that she had a good idea who it was and that she was going to make sure that they were sorry.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 259, where she gave us a conversation for a prompt.

Civilization

When man started establishing permanent settlements, they needed to develop way to dispose of human waste and originally, it was buried it in the ground.  Maybe the idea came from watching cats digging a hole and burying their waste.  Most early civilizations were established near rivers, which not only provided a source of fresh water for irrigation, but also a method for waste elimination.  The ironclad rule was to always dump downstream!  Cesspools were designed in areas that not connected to rivers and they would receive and hold sewage for human waste.  They were frequently placed under the floors of castles that were often made of wood.  A cesspool consisted of an underground hole lined with brick or stone and porous material.  Excrement sank to the bottom and liquids flowed out between the spaces in the brick lining.  The waste could not just be flushed away, so when the cesspool got full, somebody needed to empty it and take it to an appropriate dumping site.  During the Middle Ages it was not uncommon for people to urinate or defecate in a chamber pot and just throw it into the streets, or perhaps just forgo the pot and go straight onto the street.  Eventually rains would wash the waste away into a local river, and all is well.  Then came the plague and a whole host of other terrible diseases.  While people of the time had no concept of germ theory, they began to understand that filth bred disease.

In 1183, Frederick I Barbarossa (1122–1190) Holy Roman Emperor and Duke of Swabia held a Diet (legislative assembly) in the Great Hall of Germany’s Erfurt Castle, when suddenly the floor of the main hall collapsed, and the emperor his knights and many of the dinner guests fell thirty-nine feet into the cesspool below and drowned.  The meeting was in the room directly above the latrine and the wooden floor beams gave way, and the group of German nobility along with the flooring and beams crashed down onto the latrine floor.  The screaming nobility plus two levels of flooring and beams descended into the cesspit.  About sixty members of the nobility of the Holy Roman Empire died on that day, drowning in the liquified waste.  Emperor Frederick pulled through as he was able to grab on to the iron grates of a window, where he hung by his hands till he was rescued, but it was a while before any of his guests accepted another dinner invitation at the castle.

In 1326, Richard the Raker, a latrine cleaner, fell through the rotten boards over the pit at Newgate Gaol and drowned in his own excrement.  This pit usually took five days to clear out using a team of 13 men.  Most people didn’t want to deal with the sight and smell, so this was not a very glamorous job, but it paid well.  Cleaning out cesspits needed to be done, but it carried the risk of falling in and very few people were prepared to come to the rescue.  Cesspits or cesspools which existed in London for many centuries weren’t maintenance free, emptying them was grim work, this occupation was clearly one of the least desirable in human history.  People in this profession risked getting disease, but eventually every cesspool needs to be emptied.  This task was for the so called ‘night-soil men’ to do, who worked from 9 pm to 5 am, so the public wouldn’t have to see them.  Once they had gathered their stinky haul, the latrine cleaners would dump the night soil outside the city limits in enormous excrement dumps.  Eventually septic pumping systems replaced the need to hand shovel human waste.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 258, where she gave us the prompt cesspool.

Reprehensible Republicans

The United States Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and the Republican Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) both seem to care more about stopping any Democratic legislation than they care about doing anything good for our country.  If the balance of power shifts and they get control of the House and the Senate, they will be investigating Hunter Biden, trying to impeach Joe Biden, looking for ways to give tax cuts to the rich, putting more restrictions on voting privileges and abortions and ending democracy as we know it.  There is a good chance that Trump will rear up his ugly head again and continue with his lies, but since he is their man, they will be following him all the way to hell.  I don’t even want to mention Margorie Taylor Green or why anyone could be so stupid to vote for her, but Herschel Walker falls into the same category.  Matt Gaetz got reelected, but most of the people in Florida seem to have their heads halfway up Trump’s backside.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 256, where we are asked to find words that start with “re.”

Poison Sumac

Venom Sedative better known as Poison Sumac is a seductress just like her sister the genius scientist and meta-human Dr. Pamela Isley, who we all know as Poison Ivy.  If somebody refuses to do her bidding, she will give them a rash that will last as long as three weeks.  Unlike her sister, Poison Sumac was not a meta-human, she was a witch of trouble in electric blue and in her own mad mind she would be in love with you.  She had some kind of demon messing in the glue and if you don’t watch out it’ll stick to you.  She has raven hair and ruby lips; the moon is in her eyes and sparks are flying from her fingertips.  She was practiced at the art of deception; you could tell by her blood-stained hands and that box that she always carried around with the skull inside of it.  She enjoyed enticing men into having sexual relations with her.  She would come on to men telling them that she could meet all of their needs, desires, and fantasies, and most men felt powerless to resist.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 255 where today she gave us a photo prompt.

Let It Ring a Little Longer

Why doesn’t the phone ring stop?  I’ve pressed all buttons.  I am waiting in breathless anticipation, and constant desire, but it keeps on beeping, even when there’s no one calling me.  I realize that it beeps when I get new emails, but I think my phone is lonely and just looking for attention, as I hear this beep in spite of the fact that I didn’t get any new texts, emails or voicemail.  What on Earth is my phone trying to tell me?  It’s a royal pain in the ass for me to have to go through all of the settings on every single app to see which one is causing this, but I guess that would be the only way I could figure this out.  I don’t want to have to spend several hours trying to rectify this issue, so for now, I am just going to ignore it.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 253 where today she gave us the first two lines in this post.

WTF

An abbreviation that everyone knows, and it is used to express amazement, confusion, or disbelief about something that happened.  This overly used internet acronym does not mean “Welcome to Finland” and it is often said when you are pissed off because you don’t understand why something has happened.  If you were out on a boat fishing and an alien spaceship appeared in the sky and it sucked up all of the fish in the lake, that would be weird, and you might say WTF for Where’s The Fish?  I heard that Facebook is changing their name, because some people think WTF stands for “Welcome To Facebook” and this might cause some chaos, well it will definitely be strange.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 252 where today she gave us a photo prompt.

Sorry Officer

Janis rolled down her window when the police officer approached her and she said, “I knew that the brake petal was on the left, but I temporarily forgot what the pedal did when I was driving, so I didn’t step on it.  This is a clear case of Jamais Vu which my doctor is treating me for, so there is no need to give me a ticket for running into that other car.”  The cop said, “Janis who?”, and Janis replied, “Yes my name is Janis, but I said Jamais vu, which is derived from the French phrase that means never seen, and it refers to any familiar situation that is not recognized by the observer.”  The cop said, “Lady, I have no clue what you are talking about, and I don’t speak French.  I am going to need you to take a breathalyzer test to make sure that your blood alcohol concentration is not above the legally defined level of alcohol intoxication.  Does your doctor have you on any medications that I need to know about?  Didn’t I pull you over just last week for running a red light, or am I just experiencing some type of déjà vu?”

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 251 where today she gave us the prompt “Jamais Vu”.

Writers Block

A young man attempts to write a story, but sadly he lacks life experience, so he has no idea where he is going with this.  He decides to cut it short and be concise, by writing, “This is the crappiest story ever written.  The end.”  Maybe he is being too harsh on himself, as I am certain that someone must have written something that is worse than this.  Just like the saying “beauty is in the eye of the beholder”, I think crappiness is judged the same way.  One man’s garbage can be another man’s treasure.  A lot of people hated The Twilight Saga with the teenage Bella falling in love with Edward a 104-year-old vampire, but I never watched any of it, nor have I read the books.  I am not sure how the books sold, but I think the movie was very popular.  50 Shades of Grey was another popular movie, but I read that the book was not so great, although it was certainly different being about a BDSM relationship, that was depicted with a lot of poorly written sex scenes.  Supposedly Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele, the two main characters in this book were basically Edward Cullen and Bella Swan from The Twilight Saga.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 247 where today she gave us a video to watch and the advice that, “Any thought that passes through you is good enough, as long as you can express it one sentence.   The sentence can be two words or as long as you can stretch it.  It’s perfectly okay if it looks like a paragraph or stanza.”

Creativity, Clarity and Self-Discovery

Looking for the pattern and the logic behind tarot cards can be complicated, because there are 22 cards which are numbered I through XXI, with the fool being unnumbered, and on top of that, each one of these comes in one of the four suits, being the Cups, the Pentacles, the Swords, or the Wands.  Major Arcana consists of 22 cards that represent your spiritual path and journey.  Some decks are not numbered and only have a picture.  The number VII tarot card is called The Chariot and it supposedly represents reflection and assessment or ambitious action forward.  This can act as a warning against those times when you try to justify your actions.  Seven + Cups = wishful thinking & temptations.  Seven + Pentacles = impatience & lethargy.  Seven + Swords = trickery & cutting corners.  Seven + Wands = defending your boundaries & fighting back.  This VII tarot card shows a powerful, princely figure siting in a chariot that is being pulled by two sphinxes or horses.

Le Monde XXI is the highest value in the tarot deck, and it represents supreme awareness.  In the card, there is a woman dancing who has one leg crossed over the other with her left leg being bent back at her knee.  She is profoundly linked with all other things, as we all dance and sway along the flow of life to one rhythm.  This rhythm leads us through life as we follow the dips and the rises, the joys and the sorrows that life brings us.  She is holding a wand in both hands, that symbolizes balance and evolution in movement.  The fulfillment and unity that she represents is not one that is static, but ever-changing, dynamic and eternal.  A scarf is draped over her shoulders and there are four figures on each corner of the card which are the same ones that are in the Wheel of Fortune.  The four figures represent Scorpio, Leo, Aquarius and Taurus who are the four corners of the universe, the four elements, and the four evangelicals.  Together, they symbolize the harmony between all of their energies.  This is a period where something that has been striven for finally comes to fruition.  Some people see her as being bisexual, which is probably a French thing, as France is one of the most progressive countries in the world concerning lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights.

XVII The Star shows a naked woman kneeling by a small pond of water and this is supposed to bring renewed hope and faith, and a sense that you are truly blessed by the Universe.  She is holding a jug in each of her hands, pouring a liquid into the water and from the other jug, she pours a liquid onto the land.  She has one foot inside the water which shows the spiritual abilities and inner strength of the woman.  Her other foot is on the ground showing her practical abilities and strengths.  Above her head is one large star, representing her core essences, and seven smaller stars, that represent the chakras (energy centers).  There is bird standing at a tree branch which represents the holy ibis of thought, and this probably stems from the Egyptian god Thoth who is thought to have invented magic, writing, and science.  The Star’s astrological correspondent is Aquarius.

Tarot cards don’t predict the future, but people find comfort in them because of the fantastic art and all of the thought that went into creating these wonderful characters and images.  Each card is packed with information and some systems rely on numerology, astrology, and the Kabbalah to give deeper or slightly different levels of meaning.  There’s no one way to read the cards, as they are all open to interpretation, so you can never be sure what you are looking at.  Some interpreters are able to tell you stories about the cycles of your lives by looking at them.  Personally, I think that this is all a bunch of hogwash.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 246 where today she gave us a very interesting picture.

Lost At Sea

It came from somewhere too far to walk, from as far away as the most unreasonable desire, the most devastating hope.  It was a call of desperation pleading for help.  Dozens heard Amelia Earhart’s final, chilling pleas for help, as she ended up marooned on a desert island.  It is thought that Earhart and Fred Noonan who served as her navigator likely took refuge on Gardner Island, now Nikumaroro, a then-uninhabited small island located 2,600 miles off the cost of New Zealand.  Amelia Earhart waded into the Pacific Ocean and climbed into her downed and disabled Lockheed Electra 10E.  She started the engine, turned on the two-way radio and sent out a plea for help, one more desperate than previous messages.  The high tide kept getting higher, and soon it would suck the plane into deeper water, cutting Earhart off from civilization and any chance of rescue.

In 1937, Amelia set out on a mission to be the first to circumnavigate the globe and her disappearance has been shrouded in mystery for decades.  She was declared dead in absentia, two years after she was lost at sea.  Now, 85 years later, researchers have a new theory as to what may have happened to this heroic lady after her plane crashed on July 2, 1937.  These researchers came across a radio message that was transcribed by a 15-year-old girl listening to the radio in Florida, contained chilling phrases like, “waters high”, “water’s knee deep, let me out” and “help us quick”.  Another message was recorded by a housewife in Toronto that read, “We have taken in water, we can’t hold on much longer.”  These researchers feel that the pilot and her navigator could only call for help when the tide was so low that it wouldn’t flood the plane’s engine, which would mean the distress calls would have occurred in short bursts.  These active versus silent periods and the fact that the message changes on July 5 being worried about water and then is consistently worried about water after that.  The dire messages were recorded over the span of six days, and several bones were found on the island in 1940, along with parts of a woman’s shoe and a man’s shoe.  It is too bad that she was unable to contact Obi-Wan Kenobi for help and tell him that he was her only hope.

Written for Reena’s Xploration Challenge 245 where today she gave us the quote from the book “Extinctions” written by Sharmishtha Mohanty which is, “It came from somewhere too far to walk, from as far away as the most unreasonable desire, the most devastating hope.”