Every parent and grandparent knows the moment when this innocent child begins to be influenced by those around them, and all the things that exist in our own little world. We say and do things in front of the children without even thinking how it sinks into their psyches. It’s just another example of the responsibility we each have. That responsibility begins with our own changed heart, and what we try to understand and make better will be reflected in our own actions. As a grandparent, I ask myself what can I do to leave behind a better world for my grandchildren. I’m reminded of the St. Francis prayer once again. “Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me.” In wanting to change the world for the better, than I have to change myself first. I must become the example by the way I live my life. So it means a real examination of conscious. What is it that I need to weed out of my beliefs and thoughts that stands in the way of the better good for all?
Were you ever biting by a dog?
Yes! But not as a child it was about 20 years ago when Pop and I were going for our daily walk.
There was a Doberman Pincher at the corner house of Marietta and President Ave out with his owner in the yard running loose. When it saw us it came running toward us. I thought he’s just being protective of his property and kept walking. He came up behind me and bite my butt so hard it broke through my clothes and skin.
I always loved dogs, and thought they knew the people who loved them. I’ll never take that for granted again. It took me a while to feel safe again when out walking. I prefer to carry a walking stick now if I’m by myself. Dogs are like people, there are some nice tempered ones, and mean tempered ones. You never know what your gonna get, but you can’t let it keep you from doing the things you enjoy in life. Like a box of chocolates you never know what your gonna get unless you take a bite and see what’s inside.