Little Turtle

Little turtle came home sad from school one day because he got in a big  fight.  After lunch, their teacher always took them for a walk around the playground. Often, the girls would get together and talk  as they walk.  The boys would race one another.  They had a physical education teacher, but their home room teacher took them to lunch and directly after lunch they had Math. His teacher always said the swift walk was good for their brain. He had to agree, the swift walk did make Math fun. Little turtle was always happy and this made his mother notice him more when he was sad.

Most of his classmates had green backs,  but one little turtle had a blue back. None of the other turtles would choose little blue back turtle to be on their team unless the teacher insisted they choose little blue back. Some were brown and green. Some were all brown.  Some were green and white, some were white and brown and some were all green,  but none were blue with the exception of one.

The teacher chose little green turtle to be the team’s captain. As captain,  you get to choose whoever you want on your team. Turtles are slow but little blue was extremely slower than most. Little blue would round the bases by the time P.E. was over.

Everyone on Little Green Turtle’s team wanted to fight him because he choose little Blue to be on his team. Little Green was a fighter so he whipped them all. All of little Green Turtle’s teammates went home crying to their mothers. Little Green Turtle cried too because he lost all of his friends. He knew little Blue was slow but he choose him in spite of his difference. We are all flowers in the garden. None of us are exactly alike. Even identical twins have different finger prints.

Little green back turtle’s mother asked little green back did little Blue seem infuriated by the fact that others left him out. Not at all times it is important that you feel it’s your duty to make others agree with you. Being silent is not always prudent nor is it always wise not to speak.  There are times things work themselves out on their own.

Most of us are like little green. We see an injustice and we want to correct it right then and there. Then, there are others who never take a stand.

The next day, all the boys declared Little Green a winner because he was not a coward. Even when your opinion is not popular. go ahead. Take a stand. You may think you are alone. The courage Little Blue received from being chosen just that one time gave him the incentive needed to do greater things.  Sometimes, one act of kindness affect all of their lives.

The next day Little Blue Back, no longer shy,  became the Math captain.

 

 

Part 2: No Man Is An Island

As Joan Whitney and Alex Kramer once penned, NO MAN IS AN ISLAND.

I would like to paraphrase their song to say: “NO COUNTRY IS AN ISLAND (in the context of it’s laws).  No country stands alone. We all live on this same terrestrial ball. We can not make laws just for our country. That is why our forefathers knew we needed the United Nations and other  groups of countries that combine themselves.

Each country’s joy is joy to me. Each country’s  grief is my own. We need one another. So I will defend, Each man (woman )  as my brother/sister, each man ( woman )  as my friend.

As President Franklin Delano Roosevelt said when he came to Birmingham, Alabama in 1944, when most Blacks were kept from voting.  Let those who are free citizens vote. Regardless of the color of their skin, let them vote! Regardless of the color of one’s skin, when he/she is seeking a better way of life, let them pursue it.

Regardless of who we are and what country we hail from,   our Constitution sates: :” All men (woman)  are created equal.”

The preamble

We the people of the United States  of America in order to form a more perfect Union, establish  justice , insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

The Constitution of the United States with its’ 27 Amendments is our supreme law. The Constitution, originally comprised of only seven articles. Times and events changed. Our forefathers were  wise enough to recognize that fact. That is why they wrote in the preamble ” secure the Blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity  ( future generations )”

Those who are coming and those who were born here, we want all of you to know,  it makes no difference, if you are Black, Yellow, Red or White, we as a race of people have struggled too long to have to  start over again. Some rich Jews thought they were safe until it was too late. Don’t let your wealth fool you. A hint to the wise is sufficient.

We, as a country must live up to our own Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

When I taught music, I taught the children to sing “This is my country,  land of my birth. This is my country,  grandest on earth.  I pledge thee my allegiance,  America- THE bold, this is my country,  to have and to hold.   This is my country, land of my  CHOICE  This is my country, hear my  PROUD VOICE.  I pledge thee my allegiance, America- THE BOLD.  For  THIS IS MY COUNTRY,  TO HAVE AND TO HOLD!!!

See you next week

No Man Is An Island

Late  Saturday night as I lay in bed, I watched a television minister talk on a subject dear to my heart. I can’t remember  exactly what he said, but to paraphrase his words; he said treat others the way you want to be treated. Immediately one would think he was using the scriptures in the Bible. Perhaps, he was using the 22 chapter of Matthew for his background scripture.  In verse 36 after Jesus put a Sadducee to silence. One of the Pharisees, which was was a lawyer, asked him a question tempting him, saying, Master , which is the greatest commandment in the law? Jesus replied saying: “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and mind. This is first and greatest commandment and the second is like unto it, thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.” That is what one would think he would use as his background support.

However, he did not! He used the Constitution of the United States of America for his background information. Of course, he did relate scriptures in his message.

This message was not for Democrats or Republicans. Nor  was it even for Libertarians , or any other group that could not make up their mind as to which group they fell in. It was a message to warn people of all groups to be diligently moral and non-corrupt in their dealings with one another.

One reason I was so impressed with his teachings, he expressed the christian thing to do is to treat all men justly.  We have immigrants coming into our country looking for freedom. Yes, a few of them are coming in for no good reason. However, a few of us born here are up to no good.

We can not continue to treat immigrants disrespectfully and think we will be blessed as a nation  All law abiding immigrants should abide by the laws of the countries they are trying to enter. It’s a two way street. America is not the only country where immigrants are trying to assimilate themselves.

If anyone is asking, yes, this is an amazing country. It is a country where you are not judged by the color of your skin. We do not judge you according to your race, color,  religion, or gender. Here, no man stands alone.

However, our laws are based on the teachings of Christ. Simply, do unto others as you would have them do unto to you. Not, do unto others as others do.

to be continued

Part 12: The Cat’s Me ow

Carolyn told the Alleys she would not come without her best friend, Amy. The Alley’s said o’k, but hurry.

To every ones surprise and delight, the pest control man came and again left all of the gates open. Tom, Carolyn, Amy and Lori left this time with no intentions of ever coming home. Carolyn told the girls, this time, we will listen and obey Tom’s every word. Some of the other girls saw Carolyn, Amy and Lori and decided to follow them.

When the gang reached the Alley’s dwelling,  the boys were bewildered to see so many female cats. Yellow Cat inquired:  Tom, we were only expecting Carolyn and one of her friends,  but we see a full harem. Did you bring them here for us?

The lady who lives in the big house on the hill put out a big spread for us,  said Sleepy Cat. Our (P.H.C.I.C.)  took a couple of cats with him the last time he went and she put out a full bag of cat food.  Girls ! Let’s go!  Afterwards, we can hide out in her basement and she won’t call the Animal Control on us. The food was to everyone’s delight. The cats partied all night long.

Trouble came when it was time for Carolyn to give birth. Her Vet was not there to assist her and Carolyn had a hard time.  After her kittens were born, Carolyn nursed them to good health.  Tom was afraid Carolyn would take the kittens and  go home. She often complained how the kittens were not pampered the way her Owner pampered her.

After the kittens were weaned, Carolyn and Tom led them back to the house Carolyn grew up in. Once the kittens were inside the gate, Carolyn and Tom hid. The kittens stared to Me ow. The maid came to the door and called The Lady of the House. Carolyn’s Owner was thrilled to see the kittens. They all looked just like Carolyn, She called for Carolyn because she thought the sight of the kittens meant  Carolyn had returned.  The Owner stood there and called and call. Tom knew it was a hard choice for Carolyn to make.

As Carolyn walked back to Tom, she loudly proclaimed, it was not a difficult decision for me. My Owner always said she wanted the babies to sell. I was going to loose them anyway.

The End

11: The Cat’s Me ow

As planned, Carolyn’s owner let Tom and Carolyn exercise in the backyard. Carolyn and Tom found the place where the Alley Cats were digging and covered their dig  with grass and twigs.  Afterwards, they slowly walked back to the house.

The next day, Tom and Carolyn were taken to the Vet by their owner for the readiness  of the  “Cat Show”.   While Carolyn was there, the Veterinarian decided to inseminate her. There was nothing Tom could do because he was in  surgery for the owner’s  telephone Number and address implant.

Later that day,  they were taken to the cat show. Both were sick and ineligible to compete.  Sadly, Carolyn’s owner took them both home and  allowed them to recuperate in their own cage.

The next day the Alleys were disappointed when they didn’t see Carolyn nor Tom but they continued to dig.  Fortunately, no one came out in the backyard to see the hole the Alleys dug.

The next day,  as Carolyn and Tom tried to cover the Alley’s dig,  the Alleys let Tom know they were tried. You and Carolyn need to come now, said Yellow Cat. Tom tried to explain Carolyn didn’t fell well. She had just had surgery for insemination and she was with kittens.  That did not matter to the Alleys. Tom and Carolyn needed to come now. Tom asked Carolyn did she think she could make the journey. Carolyn agreed to try.

To be continued:

Part 10: The Cat’s Me ow

Tom  was insistent  that they wait before voting. Hear me out, Tom insisted. I have another plan that goes along with that plan. Speak up Tom. We have always depended on your guidance.  Don’t let us down. You were always our savior when things got ruff, the old   (P.H.C.I.C) cat said.

You must be willing to do some hard  work with us.  With a little doubtfulness in his voice,  Yellow Cat asked: What do you want us to do? Tomorrow is my last day of trial in this cage.  Are you sure? All of the other alleys wanted to know. He is telling the truth. I heard my owner tell her maid she thought Tom could be trusted. He has been in the cage long enough. They are going to test him tonight. If all goes well,  they will let him roam free tomorrow in the yard. Go ahead Tom. Share your plan, encouraged the alleys.

Tonight, you guys find a soft place under the fence. Dig until morning light. Tomorrow when Carolyn and I come out, we will cover the uncovered place where you dug with grass and twigs. Each night continue to dig until the place is large enough for Carolyn and me to get through. We will escape that way if you don’t like my first plan.

Now, you are making a little sense said Tabby. We will do our part. Just make sure you don’t renege on us,  said Old Cat. I wont, but I can’t leave without Carolyn. It is going to take some time. She thinks  the Vet. will artificially  inseminate her tomorrow. After she has her babies and wean them, Carolyn will be ready to go.

It will take time for us to get a whole built large enough for both of you to get through. We will start tonight. Carolyn may need to come before the babies are born. It takes too long to wean kittens. We don’t have that much time.

to be continued

Part 8: The Cat’s Me ow

 

This cat means real business, noted a sleepy eyed friend of Tom.  Leave Tom alone. Cried all of the other of Tom’s friends. The Old Cat said: He has a plan and he is not leaving without  Carolyn.  Thanks, replied Carolyn and Tom.

Be careful Carolyn. When your Vet notice you are in estrus or heat, you may be in trouble.  You may be that way at least five times in one year. Tom, you need to figure out how to get out of that cage now! Especially, if Carolyn’s owner finds her to be profitable. Most female cats stay in heat for about five days.  If Carolyn is not back from that Vet’s Hospital in one day, you can bet your soul that Doctor is NOT artificially inseminating her.

Carolyn, you say you want your freedom like Tom once had. It is not pretty out here. We have to run and hide from the Humane Society Truck, we have to find a place to go when the sun gets too high or it rain, we have to catch our own food or raid a garbage can. Carolyn, you think you can handle all of that?

Hey, you sound like you are trying to discourage her, Tom shouted. Tom, let a little realism sink in, replied the old cat. Let her hear the truth about our real world. Carolyn has a romantic view about our freedom. You may bring her out here and she may end up hating you.  I don’t want to see either one of you in misery. Her world consist of pedigrees and show cats.

Tom asked Carolyn: what’s a show cat? Purring, Carolyn answered questioningly, a show cat? Why, a show cat is just a cat his/her owner put in shows. Once a year, mostly in large cities, owners  sponsor a cat show. There are about 300 or more cat clubs and about 7 national associations in the United States and Canada. Most shows not only allow owners of pedigree breeds but any owner of a strong, healthy cats like Tom can enter. I can? asked Tom. Uh uh, goodbye Tom. I think you are beginning to like Carolyn’s world. Guys, I think it is time for us to find a new leader. Let’s forget about Tom.

 

to be continued

 

Part 9: The Cat’s Me ow

Wait, wait cried Tom!  Give me time to work things out. Maybe entering that show can serve a good purpose for all of us. What do you have in mind Tom? The old Cat asked, intimately. He was not so sure that Tom could come up with a good plan. I think Tom has had enough time to prove himself, shouted Yellow Cat. Lets vote to impeach him now, cried Sleepy Cat.  Wait! I am still the PHCIC (Pass Head Cat In Charge), hear him out,  said the old cat.  I say lets wait to hear Tom’s plan.

Tom started speaking softly trying to get the attention of all of the Alley Cats. He asked Carolyn to explain the difference between a Pedigree, an Alley Cat and a Show  Cat.  Carolyn said there is not a whole lot of difference between us.  Many scientist believe that ancient wandering Africans Tribes domesticated us. It is their belief that we were first Miacis.   The Egyptians worshiped us as gods. My ancestors kept rats and mice from overrunning the great Egyptian gain storehouses. Phoenician traders carrying Egyptian cats on their ships probably brought the first domesticated cats to Europe  in about 900 B.C.  The crossing of European explorers, colonists, and traders in the  1700’s  brought us to the United States. You see, all life started in Africa.

OK Tom, she has given us some good information about our heritage, but we still didn’t hear anything about your plan, We want to hear how all of us will benefit from this plan. Wait, wait! Let her finish with our heritage first!  Go on Carolyn tell them more. By now, big drops of sweat are falling from Tom.

Oh yes, where was I? Some humans believe black cats are unlucky, but others claim black cats have brought them good fortune. Some common human sayings about cats are:

“Curiosity killed the cat,” Which means a person who is too curious may get into trouble.

“Even a cat may look at a king.” meaning that a person has some rights even among people who have much more money and power than he does.

“When the cat’s away, the mice will play,” which means a person may get into mischief when no one is there to watch

“Honest as a cat when the cream is out of reach”   refers to a person who cannot be trusted.

“Let the cat out of the bag” means to tell a secret.

Be made a cat’s-paw” refers to a person who is made a tool of someone else.

Look Carolyn, all you have told us  are cute sayings.  But tell us about the plan “THE PLAN’. Everything you have told us is good, educational and all,  but we want to know about the plan.

At that time, the maid came for Tom and Carolyn. Humans can’t understand cat talk but cats can understand humans. Tom told his friends: Hide and I’ll share my plans with you tomorrow.

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Part 7: The Cat’s Me ow

Oh boy! Things are worst than I thought. I think Tom has been in Carolyn’s House a little too long, the old stray cat blurted out.  Maybe not! exclaimed the yellow stray. Something may have happened to him at the shelter. I  heard you cried like a baby, Tom!

Do not discuss me as though I don’t exist, yelled Tom!  I can hear you too cautioned Carolyn. Well, gasped the yellow stray, looking at Tom: Did anything traumatic happened at the shelter?

If you call almost getting euthanized traumatic. Yes! Something traumatic happened! Before Carolyn and her owner came, an irksome family with a mischievous little boy tried to adopt me. At first, I thought being adopted by that family was better than death.  Later, I changed my mind. After their little boy stuck his tongue out at me and did all sorts of ugly things to me to  my face, I decided death would be better than going with that family.  When the shelter volunteer handed me to the little boy, I tried to scratch his eyes out. His parents felt we were not a good fit for one another. The volunteer put me back in the cage to be euthanized. Man! I was about to be soap, shampoo or horse feed.

I was super glad to see Carolyn and her owner. They saved my life!  Now we understand. You feel obligated to Carolyn. You don’t want to leave her. What are your plans when her owner takes her out to breed with a show cat, or  a cat of the same pedigree? That wont happen argued Carolyn. My owner promised she would have the Vet to artificially insert my womb. Her intentions were to sell the babies anyway after they are weaned. I love Tom, and you guys, my owner, my groomer nor my Vet will ever stop me from loving Tom.

 

to be continued

Part 6: The Cat’s Me ow

Before they left the shelter, Carolyn’s owner; had the shelter to bathe him,  deflea  him, put  powder on him and purchase a new cat’s cage for him. She brought him home in his cage with Carolyn sitting on the seat next to his cage.

For a couple of days, Tom enjoyed the ladies pampering him and eating food he did not have to catch.  Carolyn was happy as well to have Tom in the house because it was raining.  She knew her owner would not let her go outside. Then, Tom became restless. He wanted Carolyn, but, most of all, he wanted his freedom.

When the rain stopped, the old woman put the cage with Tom still in it outside.   She let Carolyn outside to walk around free as usual. Some of Tom’s old friends came around the alley and saw Tom in the cage. They started pointing and laughing. Tom was humiliated. His friends asked him: Is this the price you pay to get next to that pedigree? Tom hung his head in shame. Carolyn spoke up: He will not be in that cage forever. My owner is just testing him. She is going to artificially inseminate the sperms from a pedigree in me. She wants to make sure she can sell my babies. In the next four months, when the pest control man comes  again, Tom and I are going to elope. The laughing and the pointing grew worst. They asked Tom: Are you going to stay there for four months waiting on Carolyn? Man, what did Carolyn do to you?  Are you a little pussy or are you a real Alley Cat? You had better use one of your nine lives to get out of there in a hurry. It seems like she has already brain washed you.

Artificially inseminate her my foot, I bet her owner and that Vet have already picked out a healthy male Siamese Cat for her, voiced another of Tom’s alley friends.

My situation is a little complicated, replied  Tom. I’ve been watching our owner. Her behavior is a little problematic. I’ve got to wait until I have the right timing for both of us to escape .

To be continued