Monday, January 15, 2007

random thoughts and birthday wishes

While (poorly) evaluating someone's risk of suicide:

Him: You know...wanting to kill yourself is like robbing a bank. You know what I mean, when you are sitting in front of the bank, you have a gun, and you have it staked out? You know where you are going, which guards are weak, and what time of day? That's how I think about killing myself...and right now, I am only sitting outside the bank. I don't have a gun. In the past I had it all planned out. For me, it's just like when you want to rob a bank. Know what I'm saying?

Me: Well, yes, but without the whole bank part.

Him: Yeah, ok. But I mean, haven't you ever thought about robbing a bank?

Me: Well...not so much.

Him: Really?

Me: Dude, I couldn't pull that off.

Him: You're probably right.

And to the magnificient Dr. Martin Luther King: We haven't made as much progress as we should have. Please know we are still trying to get to a place of fairness and justice for all. We haven't given up on your dream.

Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter. - Dr. King

We remember you.

28 comments:

Iris said...

Your posts always move me in a direction I wasn't realizing I needed to go......Thank you

QT said...

Yes - a little bit every day.

Not the bank robbing thing(which I just snorted coffee to), but the MLK day.

Susanne said...

And here I was wondering whose birthday it was. I hope I get excused on account of being German.

And I never contemplated bank robbing or suicide. No excuse needed for that.

Juliness said...

I love that quote...it is so true! Here's to much loud and prolonged attention to things that matter.

Lynanne said...

I've been touched (and saddened) by this last series of posts of yours. Thank you for opening all our eyes to issues that are otherwise swept under the rug. You truly are a special person. The world needs more people like you.

NotSoSage said...

The amazing thing about Dr. King is that he manages to live on because his words still reveal to us what matters, the changes that we have to push foward in this big ol' world of ours. Because of people like you.

Thank you.

Lucia said...

I wish today we have a true leader like MLK. Especially on days when we have a blundering Educator-in-Chief (what an idiot!)

Z said...

'Poorly' evaluating? That sounds bad. Darling, don't take all the problems of the world on your shoulders. We won't give up on his dream, but we have to find a way to live and be happy too. We owe it to ourselves and our children to love ourselves as well as our neighbours*.

I love you most dearly.

*neighbors. I'd not spell it that way for anyone else!

Mad Hatter said...

Jen,
I've been out of commission for a few days, exchanging blogging for solo-parenting while my husband was at a conference. These last thre posts are really something. I can just see M pulling out the mats at the shelter.

I hope the weather has gotten warmer.

Thailand Gal said...
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Thailand Gal said...

That was quite a conversation with that guy!:)

I do believe MLK had some very important things to say. Whether they've been heard or not ~ the jury's still out. While he's been turned into a cultural icon, I'm not convinced he was heard. He made some very revolutionary statements.


Peace,


~Chani

Sandra said...

Love that quote. Love how your mind works. Oh how I have missed your words these past few weeks ... off to get caught up on more of your deliciousness an insightfulness.

carrie said...

That is a beautiful quote. I am amazed how many "new" things I learn about MLK on days like today. He is so much more than "I have a dream...", although that is equally as good.

Carrie

mamatulip said...

The way the quote at the end wraps this powerful post up is brilliant.

Hulai said...

very nice way to think about it.

J Fife said...

Bank robbing and suicide - I never made the connection. Have I thanked you for your blog lately? Well, thanks!

meno said...

No we haven't made as much progress as we should, but we have still made some tiny bits. We'll just have to keep at it.

Beck said...

Gorgeous quote.
I like how that guy knew ALL about bank robbery. I hope he walks safely away from the metaphorical bank.

Her Bad Mother said...

beautifully said.

ecm said...

so true...so much work still to be done...have you read the series America in the King Years by Taylor Branch. I was working my way through the first (very long) volume this fall. It's fascinating.

urban-urchin said...

beautiful as always Jen.

flutter said...

You always make me think, sister, always.

wordgirl said...

I needed that centering for today. That focus. Thanks.

Laurie said...

There is still a lot of prejudice in the world and it's not all racial. The hatred some people have for gays, the handicapped, the elderly, and practically anyone that doesn't fit society’s definition of “normal”, boggles my mind.

That being said, I do think the world is changing, very slowly, but it is changing.

Thank you for a very important post.

Em said...

Perhaps I wasn't meant to smile reading this post, but I did (the bank robbing bit). Have I told you lately that I think you're great :)

Tabba said...

I think you know how I feel.....

Rock on, Momma!

Hel said...

He describes the feeling well.

And your life gathers more momentum with every post.

Thank you for a beautiful mail

crazymumma said...

amen. may our dreams always stay alive. may we always have a voice to shout them.