This Week's View|
by Deanna Lee Birkholm
March 28th, 2005
Where Is It?
Archive of Ladyfisher Articles
This week's view has been a tough one.
For Christians it's Easter Week, or Purim,
(Festival of Lots) for those of the Jewish
faith. But reading the news or watching
television, one saw little of the celebration
of life (which is the basis of both holidays)
and instead we had hours/days of the legal and
moral battles of family against family for the
final say in a struggle for the life of one 45
year old lady in a hospice in Florida.
I'm not going to comment on the morality or legality
of the on-going battle, which at this writing is
still going on. I am going to comment however,
on the fact that either this country is really
caught up in the story, or the media is having
a field day with it. And perhaps it is some of both.
Frankly, I feel for both families, and I can
understand why they want all the possible media
attention they can get to shore up their support.
But somehow when the media is covering such an 'event'
wall to wall, we all lose. The 'value' of life
becomes a political rant for or against which
ever side you pick.
I heard a number quoted of how many other people
are in the same situation, and forgive me if I
don't have the number exact, but is was in the
thousands. What about them? Why isn't the
media there for them? Maybe their stories aren't
quite as made-for-television?
Sorry to be crass, but I'd like my Easter back!
I enjoy the celebrations, I enjoy the fact that
someone is showing their belief in redemption,
renewal and life. The colors, flowers, gaiety
the pure joyousness of Easter is something I need
in my life. It's sort of the 'official' Spring.
My little problems don't mean much in the great
scheme of life, but I have an old dog with an
ear infection, a husband with pneumonia and a
deadline for the new issue of FAOL. On top of
that it has rained for the past three days. My
tulips are all puffed up and ready to burst (if
the sun comes out.) But they aren't blooming
How about something nice and celebratory?
It's EASTER - it's SPRING!
Find a place and go fish. Get out and celebrate
being alive. Find a little renewal of the spirit,
give yourself permission to turn the television
off and be grateful. If you can't fish, gather
the family, head for a Dairy Queen and treat
everyone to a gooey chocolate covered treat.
Live a little without being guilty. Enough of
the gloom and doom.
Spring has sprung. ~ DLB
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