All that said... and out of the way, I'd like to show you in blog land... how Rockport folk celebrate this event. It is purely "down home" as it gets. Just a bunch of ordinary citizens planning a purely informal event... to create a reason and focus for their community to come together... however briefly... without pomp and ceremony to mark the changing of light with a simple gesture of goodwill and belonging. I was honoured to be included in the planning for the first time this year... and to attend with Deb on my arm. It was a gloriously uplifting start to our first Christmas season... as full citizens of Rockport!
I so wish that the rest of the world could embrace and enjoy such a beautiful... peaceful and non-competitive hour in their lives. Then perhaps... we would not spawn the senseless and despicable tragedy... which just yesterday gripped the entire United States.... and the world at large. We should teach our children that we love them - that they are precious beyond anything else on this earth and that we will NOT tolerate harm being directed at them... by anyone!
Here in our own country and in our local schools... we too are violating our promise and our responsibility to provide a full opportunity for our youth to become educated to go out successfully into the world. Here.. we are currently watching government... school boards and teachers in both elementary and secondary schools refusing to offer extra-curricular activities... before or after school help to needy students... issuing reports with no comments... and during the last week... to proceed forward... closing schools and the daycare facilities offered in some of them on a rotating basis around each school board area across the province.
As I passed the high school in Brockville... from which I myself graduated, the front of the school was lined with students who had walked out themselves demanding that "things get back to normal"... and their sports programmes and necessary academic activities be resumed to give them the educational opportunity which we as adults had promised them. How can teachers ever win back the trust and respect that they are forfeiting through their money-driven motives and actions? How long will it be... until some disgruntled... troubled adolescent cause similar havoc in our own schools? Sandy Hook was once a safe haven... or at least we thought it was! We know better now... too late... for too many innocents?
God bless the souls of these wee innocents... and offer Peace to their surviving playmates and family members! My horror and my grief... is beyond words. The act violates everything which humanity should stand for! I am sickened... and discouraged!
"Suffer the little children..." But why??? ... and for what obscene reason can this be tolerated ... anywhere in the world????
I can only offer to work harder with the children and adults in my own world as these pictures serve
to illustrate my point. Young and old souls and voiced mingled in song... and swaddled in the peace and safety... which only a sense of being accepted as a part of a community as an equal can offer. Enjoy the Advent of Christmas in Rockport. From The Paint Box Gallery ... to ALL who choose to read and follow
my blog... a Merry Christmas... and Peace (I pray) ... on Earth... everywhere!
"Light" and "Truth" are metaphorically the same in meaning and function. Both free one from Darkness and Despair! Share your "Light" this Christmas!
Christmas is a time for all... young and old alike to come together in song... one voice!
Where there exists "Light"... there also lives Hope... and Perhaps... Peace!
We are lighting special candles in our home every night... so that the memory of those children lost is not forgotten here during our Christmas celebrations.
Good Painting ...to ALL!!!
PS I hope that you can forgive my rant... but the time is well passed... to simple ignore the responsibility to speak up! Our children deserve better... don't they? If not... I too have wasted my life... and that fact is too dastardly to consider at this time on my journey. I WILL NOT be quiet! I simply can't!