I am in transition. Hope you enjoy the ride through my thoughts, hopes, dreams, stories, adventures, misadventures, and the never ending pursuit of the things we call happy.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

"Be silly, Be honest, Be kind." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

My husband this morning brought me a bagel before he went to work as I have a very random Saturday off from teaching dance. Before you "awwww" at the sweet gesture, it was my idea, but his response when I asked if he was;
Me - "going to get bfast you could mayyyyyyyyybe bring me a yummy bagel???"
Him - "I'm not going to breakfast. But I'll get ya one anyways ;)"

Now you can "awwww". He's my breakfast hero! BUT the big "oooooooh and awwwww"... he got me a cookie "for later". Later didn't happen as I am about to get my second cup of coffee and consume the said cookie, but that my friends is true romance.

We are currently working on out last production of the season, Coppelia. It is fun, funny, silly, and.... HARD! LOL! Here however is a link to our reh yesterday, don't judge the last promenades... k? Too much at least.


We have this week off and all I can say is "can I get an amen!". Spring breaks don't happen anymore as an adult for most, but in the dancer world sometimes they still happen and my back, that is rather angry with me, is accepting it and going to literally soak it up (in many Epsom salt baths). I plan to work two shifts at the Pet Resort I work at part time this year (full time last year), go to a hockey game (yes I know random... go Preds... 'Nashville Predators' but the cool kids say Preds apparently), spend a lot of time consuming coffee, being with my pups and pony, seeing an Airstream camper (details to come soon), being the last one in the world (according to everyone I know) to read 'The Hunger Games', finish my taxes (a little of my soul and a lot of my money will go as well... oh what an ironically cruel world when you do what you love), teach a few private lessons, not get fat (work on that after my cookie).......... and.......... ya.

I did however feel the need to share some news I stumbled across via Pinterest. A picture of a woman with a small caption that read:

"Irena Sendler. During WWII, Irena worked in the Warsaw Ghetto as a plumbing/sewer specialist. Irena smuggled Jewish children out; infants in the bottom of the tool box she carried and older children in a burlap sack she carried in the back of her truck. Irena smuggled out 2500 children. She eventually was caught, and the Nazis broke both her legs, arms and beat her severely."

I had never heard this amazing woman's legacy... and if that caption isn't enough to get your attention I don't think you have a heart. Just kidding... but really. LOL. So the research I found is just incredible. I think a good chunk of us have seen the 1993 'Schindler's List' but the amazing thing is how little is known of her story. You hear Hollywood say the phrase 'leading lady', but they all would sit in the shadows of this leading lady, Irena Sendler.

The way your are raised or the things done and/or said in your youth can obviously change your perception of life in your later years. Things can haunt you to change the world for the better, and things can haunt you  to change you for the worst. Perception is one of the best things a parent can do for and to teach a child. Irena's father was a doctor. In their town typhus broke out in 1917, and everyone fled to "fend for themselves", but not her family. He was the only doctor to stay in the area. He later, however, contracted the disease and his dying words to his seven year old daughter, Irena, were "If you see someone drowning, you must jump in to save them, even if you don't know how to swim".

I encourage you to read more about this woman, the group 'Zegota', and the history of it all. It is amazing to me how unpopular this story is. http://www.aish.com/ho/p/Irenas_Children.html. It's not a huge read but it will give you a good glimps and better understanding of a beautiful unsung hero.

Mrs. Sendler voiced some of her frustrations about how little anything has changed in the world: "After the Second World War it seemed that humanity understood something, and that nothing like that would happen again," Sendler said. "Humanity has understood nothing. Religious, tribal, national wars continue. The world continues to be in a sea of blood." But she added, "The world can be better, if there's love, tolerance, and humility."

Reread that last sentence... isn't she one of those people you just wanna sit down and chat with for awhile???? She was amazing.

Some of the most influential people and their words are how I want to pursue my life.

Pursue something more than you think is 'enough' for now. Cookie consumed, puppies all eating bones, and I think the great outdoors are calling my name... Happy Saturday everyone!

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the tide will turn
people, who can make me laugh, can put me in such a good mood.
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One of my favorite verses.

"The world can be better, if there's love, tolerance, and humility."
-Irena Sendler

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