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These and other things cross my mind from time to time.  Have you ever wondered…

…about those women chattering in distinctly foreign accents, maybe one like your own, who you may have seen saw pushing strollers containing sometimes screaming but mostly smiling, happy looking children along Manhattan streets and.  Ever wonder what’s going on behind all that chattering.  Now I see them and try not to think of the neat, hands-off labels that we use to describe them and their experiences, labels like “Diaspora,” “remittances,” “barrel children”…

…whether those folks who work in the company or school cafeteria can even afford the food used to make the dishes that we criticize as overpriced or boring or tasteless…

…about the not-too-shabbily dressed guy who sits in the coffee shop all day huddled over a newspaper or well-worn book, who never looks up despite the buzz around him.  Sometimes I look closely enough and realize that I’ve seen him at the homeless shelter where I help out…

…about the children at the stoplight (like at the intersection of Oxford, Old Hope, Tom Redcam Roads), about why they’re there and where their parents are (pushing strollers & picking oranges, perhaps?).  I saw one recently holding a sign about needing money because he was hungry and was recently robbed.  I stared at him as the car moved on and then I looked at my shoulder and found myself wondering about the blood on the back of his shorts…

…about what cute old married couple doddering along holding hands, totally lost in their own world, did when they faced a hurdle in their marriage or wanted to walk away from each the other…but we spend so much time wondering about what Celeb A & Celeb B didn’t do in their marriage.  Maybe we should celebrate those old married couples and learn from them instead…

…whether the U.S., Israel, and Europe realize that they may be pushing Iran toward something it was not actually prepared to do, and that this smells of that ol’ weapons of mass destruction and silo evidence of 2003…

…whether DJs who are fixated on what kind of friend they don’t want are actually spending any time developing and maintaining their friendships and, if they know what it means and takes to be a good and valuable friend…

…whether folks realize that Pakistan is teetering on the edge of yet another coup d’tat and realize the repercussions (combined with the effects of the pressure cooker referenced above) could be really…bad…

…whether folks realize that poverty is neither a badge of honour nor a crime…

…about simplicity and realized that simple is fine, it is beautiful and can be elegant, but that simple need not be ordinary…

Yep, it’s a tumble of thoughts in my head (as usual)…

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  1. petchary says:

    CCJ… Lots of lovely random thoughts there! I often “wonder” too. And that’s when I usually start blogging – on one of those random thoughts… Iran, Pakistan is what they call saber rattling, I don’t think anything will come of it. And both those countries seem to be pushing themselves in the wrong direction… I agree with you on SIMPLE. But that’s one thing life just ain’t!

  2. amongst all those things i always wonder about the children. i always feel guilty about not doing something …. anything to prevent their unlimited potential from being wasted

    i always think about older people and their relationships and how we want what they have but we are scarcely prepared to do what they did.

    i always wonder why it seems no one cares enough about the impact of their actions on others

  3. Yeah. I wonder about a few of those things too.
    When it’s really cold & / really rainy & I see a homeless person, I always say [in my head]; “God please let them have somewhere warm, dry, & safe to be tonight”.

    The boy w/ the blood on the back of his shorts makes me sad…

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