God gave us the gift of life;
it is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.
(a female Mallard preens at the stream that runs through the grounds of Adare Manor, County Limerick, Ireland / Julie Cook / 2015)
I suppose a birthday is a day for a true celebration…
A reason for celebrating to the utmost as we only are offered one every 364 days.
A day for getting all gussied up and being able to preen about for a day…
just like the belle of the ball.
Or so that’s how I hear some folks go about a birthday.
And because I was born on a Friday the 13th I was always told that Friday the 13th was a lucky day for those born on such an ominous day of misfortune…hummmmmmm….
I’ve never been much for drawing a bunch of attention to myself.
I’m a bit shy about this whole birthday hoopla.
I usually do better if it’s someone else’s birthday, allowing me to make the fuss over them…
I don’t do well receiving the “fuss” as it makes me feel rather awkward.
I’m not certain as to why that is…
And mind you, it’s not that I don’t like to be remembered, I do— I’m just one who likes to keep it quiet and simple.
And to some degree I do attribute that whole birthday awkwardness to that whole adoption thing.
Not that my adoptive parents didn’t make birthdays marvelous—they did…
And it’s not so much that I am actually Sophia Loren’s love child….
Don’t look so alarmed…If you’ve been a reader here often enough you will see that that little piece of news surfaces every once in a while, but we still must keep that our little secret as Ms Loren isn’t totally aware of that little fact–but I digress…
Yet in all seriousness, as I ask to be indulged today in all matters serious and or celebratory as it is my birthday, it should be known that I am a firm believer in the transference of emotions from mother to child when a woman is pregnant. A woman who is angry, resentful, fretful, neglectful to and of the child she carries certainly conveys those negative feelings, thoughts and actions to that unborn child.
And whereas you may think I’m going off a bit half cocked on this one, I have spent many years having done a good bit of reading, study and research on the topic as it obviously hits close to home.
Imagine a woman who is pregnant…
A woman who did not want to be pregnant…
A woman who is shocked by the pregnancy, angry over the pregnancy, embarrassed by the pregnancy…
A woman who goes to great lengths to hide her pregnancy…so much so that she does not seek prenatal care, does not take care of herself as a pregnant woman should…plots and plans to immediately “get rid” of said baby once “it” is born…or even worse, harbors ill will to the unborn child and even considers ways of doing away with it entirely…
Terrible yes, but sadly it happens.
And now how are we to ever imagine that this little living, breathing human being inside is to develop happily, full of health and vigor, if there is a massive sense of dread and resentment and plotted abandonment looming over its arrival…
No warm and fuzzy nurturing here.
No fun little baby showers.
No bright happy nurseries.
No imagining what a little life’s potential is to be…
No warm daydreams of what will be…
Rather just dread, denial, anger, resentment, loathing…
Therefore pregnancy and parenthood are not to be entered into lightly…The ultimate responsibility for another life is woven into that mystical nine month time period…
So yesterday evening I caught a snippet of a story on the national news about some sort of law suit being filed by a group of women who had become pregnant while taking a particular brand of birth control pill. It seems that the pills had been mislabeled in the box–making the pills less effective on the days they were thought to be more effective.
These 100 plus women, who got pregnant due to the said ineffectiveness of the pills, are now suing the pharmaceutical company for damages and unplanned costs of now having to raise unplanned and unwanted children.
The story stated that 94 of the women continued with the pregnancies, carrying the babies to term.
Yet they are part of a law suit that states that they want to reimbursed for cost of raising a child and educating a child as they hadn’t bargained on doing such…
Am I the only one left standing here wondering what of this is good?
I wonder how these children, who when old enough to understand, will feel knowing that their moms sued because they really didn’t want them in the first place and didn’t bargain on having to take care of them financially for say the next 25 years or so.
If that just doesn’t scream of warm and fuzzy parental nurturing….
Perhaps the irony of sadness here is lost only on me.
I have never been one to believe in birth control as a green flag for sex. It’s just simply not that easy nor that simple–despite everyone’s desire to make it so.
There is a grave and deep responsibility to having sex that our society, our culture, has apparently lost all sight of…
Even if you remove the Religious component there still exists a huge responsibility to having sex—it should be anything but causal.
Sex in our society has become as common place as buying a Coke.
Sex is sex and that’s that…no one wants it to be anything more–just a moment of self satisfaction reduced to a carnal animalistic level.
It seems as if it has become an unalienable right right up there with voting.
Sex is a huge marketing ploy, it’s huge in advertisement, huge in entertainment, huge in sales, huge in all sorts of venues that make this capitalist county of ours run—any dinnertime commercial espousing the importance of “looking for that just right moment” of Viagra or Cialis can tell you that.
Sex on a first date is as common as buying a pack of gum.
No longer is there commitment, a relationship, a thoughtfulness of both parties, or God forbid there be a marriage before hand as that is just so last century…or maybe even two centuries ago…
Yea yea, I know and I get it—I’m too old fashioned, or I simply don’t understand, or I’m just too uptight, or I’m too naive, or I’m too religious, or I’m too much of a prude, or I’m no saint so shut the hell up, or I’m too old, or I’m too conservative, or I’m too…just fill the blank…
I will simply say that it should behoove all of us to remember that sex comes with a huge responsibility that has a variety of end results and ramifications. Lest anyone one of us forget that nothing is a 100% guarantee to stop said ramifications but for one thing and one thing only—that being abstinence—and we all know that that ain’t happening in this “I want to do what I want to do, when I want to do it and how I want to do it… so there” society of ours.
The sexual revolution of the 60’s….
Now there’s a revolution which has had catastrophic reverberations…
Sex for sex sake, we all can now have our cake and eat it too…we’ve rationalized everything, ignoring others, just in order to have our cake and eat it to the point that we legalized abortions by golly, we made morning after pills and we’ll do anything we have to do, even up to sertilizing ourselves, all in the name of having
responsible irresponsible sex—causal or otherwise just because we want to so therefore we can—“it’s my body, my party and I won’t be crying”…that’s our liberated selves in a nutshell
Wherever has the importance gone?
The big deal?
The whole overwhelming awe in creating of a new life?
The desire to form a family?
The wonder of being a couple?
The mystical bond between a man and a woman bound in a single union?
The specialness of the moment?
Dare I say it, commitment…as in…for life…for Love???…
Where is the Creator who has joined two in the union for all of Creation…
Please know that I say all of this knowing that at the same time…
There are mistakes, accidents…we do things we regret, we didn’t really mean,
Things we’d change if we could…but simply can’t… or… that’s just the way it is and that’s that…
I am very much a believer in Grace…as I am a product of that Grace in and on so many different levels of this life of mine.
I believe that with God, all things can and will work to His Glory…if we turn it all over to Him…it’s just that some things may take the long way ’round getting there due to our not having listened in the first place…but He can and will still make it work in the end.
I realize that some of you just don’t buy any of what I’m saying and perhaps even vehemently oppose such a thought…
and that’s ok too.
But it is indeed my birthday and I think I’ll have my say since I’m shying away from any sort of hoopla.
And why for heaven’s sake should I venture into such heaviness on a day that is meant to be a day of celebrating you ask….Well I will celebrate later, quietly with my family, but as I have lived long enough now to know, as I reflect on this day of another year of living and to what that living of a life well entails, that we as a society, a culture, have got to turn things around and turn them around fast before turning around is, in a word, impossible…
So, on this Friday the 13th…to all those birthday babies out there young and old, legit or not, happy or sad, adopted or in foster care, alone or surrounded by a throng of loving family and friends– I wish you all happiness, joy and love….
Happy Birthday to me and to us….
Yes it is!
Nice post Julie and Happy Birthday!
Thank you Tricia–I suppose I shouldn’t get so riled up 🙂
Getting riled up shows you care about something and that, is always good. 🙂
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Happy Birthday and God bless you and yours Julie!! Birthday hugs abound 🙂
Thank you Vincent–I greatly appreciate your kind words and kind desire to share some of my thoughts–blessings to you as well—Julie
You’re most welcome Julie! 🙂
Happy birthday my dear bloggy friend. I hope you have a wonderful celebration with your family.
love from Jenna 🙂
ps. I had no idea about the Sophia Loren connection nor that you were adopted…..please point me to your relevant posts about this.
pps. I agree with your comments about sex.
I got off on a bit of a tangent today that’s for sure 🙂
Thank you for the warm wishes—
I’ll find those older posts—the Sophia Lorene thing is really pretty funny.
It goes back to my roommates in college making fun over my love of all things Italian as I was immersed in Italian Renaissance Art History at the time and yearning to travel to Italy—knowing I was adopted, they decided there had to be Italian blood in me and proclaimed I was Sophia Lorene’s long lost child and ran with that, posting pictures of her on our door, in our room…it was a hoot…
So over the years I’ve often made reference to that little connection, albeit light hearted and tongue and cheek–
and I have written about being adopted—earlier on when I started the blog—I’ll look for those posts and send them to you…
And Jenna–please know that when i get on my soapbox, it’s not because I’m any kind of saint whatsoever nor a person who hasn’t ever screwed up—rather it is because of my screw ups that I wish to steer other rudderless ships in their proper direction!
I’ve lived long enough to have seen what happens when poor choices, selfish choices are made and the thing is, society seems to be embracing those poor and selfish choices more and more–
but enough of that—let’s think about Italy and a nice glass of vino 🙂
Cheers my friend and a big big hug 🙂
Happy birthday my friend! May you be blessed with love, peace and joy in the coming year!
Oh thank you dear Lynda—I’m going to take that wish for peace and run all the way to the bank with it 🙂 as it’s been another day of continuing saga from ATL 🙂
Thank you for your love, prayers and support— 🙂
Happy Birthday Julie! I have only just got to read this post so sorry these birthday wishes are so late. Hope you have had a blessed day and pleased to see that you have not run out of photographs from Ireland.
Don’t you fret—it’s never too late for a birthday wish 🙂
Oh I still have pictures and obviously thoughts to share 🙂
Hugs to you my friend
Well here’s a belated birthday toast to you Julie! (We’re drinking New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc – while watching ‘Saving Mr Banks.’) And we absolutely share the feelings you express in this post. As you say – must be our age and all the other stuff. But we did grow up in a age where respect meant a whole lot more than it does now. Special blessings on your birthday! David
Breithlá sona duit!
Or Happy birthday from Ireland.
Oh thank you so much 🙂
Happy birthday, sweet Julie. May the Lord bless you and yours and keep you always in His care! Much love and huge hugs, N 🙂 ❤