I just finished Mercy by David Baldacci. I have never been disappointed with a book by Baldacci, and this book was no different!
Last night I started The Woman with a Blue Star by Pam Jennoff. It is the first book by this author I have read, and it will not be the last. It is fiction, about two girls in Germany during WWII. One is a Jew in hiding with her parents. The other lives with her stepmother, her father died while serving in the German army.
Next on my list is The Boys by Ron and Clint Howard. It is a memoir about their family and lives in Hollywood.
I have been thinking about this since I saw the prompt last night. I went through a list of superpowers and considered some; reading minds, seeing into the future, the ability to be invisible or fly. But I am not sure I want to know what other people are thinking, and seeing into the future is a bit scary. About being invisible, well, sometimes I feel invisible, and when I do, it seems I am wasting my time. As for flying, I might like it, but I don’t know if I would love it.
After pondering the question, I decided that if I had a superpower, I would love to be a healer. How wonderful it would be to know that a person was hurting and to reach out and touch them, and they would be made well.
There are causes that I care about and give them money. If I had to choose one, I would say homeless and hungry children. It is hard to see anyone living on the street without access to food and necessities, especially kids.
Many kids leave their homes because of abuse, or there is no longer a home where they are wanted. Younger children are often placed in a children’s home or with foster parents. Teenagers too often take to the streets on their own, doing the best they can to survive.
It is heartbreaking to hear the stories of these kids living by their wits on the streets. They are too often taken advantage of by awful people who use them for their own ugly interests.
I give to a charity that focuses on these kids. And I pray.
What is a life lesson you feel everyone can benefit from learning?
I think we all need to learn to love one another. I am not saying we need to be outwardly demonstrative or vocal in expressing our love to others, but accept people where they are. No one is perfect. Everyone has problems.
We live in a judgmental world. Sometimes the judgments are harsh and needless. Often these judgments are made without thought to circumstance and have no value. Yes, some people do wrong and hurt others. We need to understand the why’s of their actions and help them understand why their actions are unacceptable.
It isn’t always easy to love one another. But love is always worth the effort.