The celebration is over and all that is left is to pick up stuff, put stuff away and get back to the more regular pace of daily living. There is some leftover food, some leftover mess ,some stray Easter straw, empty Easter eggs, baskets and the like hanging around.
an empty Easter basket and some overripe bananas and hand painted wooden Easter Eggs from the grandchiblets!
Baby Sippy cups need to be put together and stored away for the next visit. Random articles of clothing, as well as the Diaper Bag which did not make it into the van heading back to Hamilton, will be put aside to be delivered when we next head down for a visit. The travellers had a great homemade lunch for the road-just no diapers!!!! Ah yes, I remember these days well!!!
All in all, it was a great visit-hectic, but that is to be expected with two young kids in tow. My granddaughter was entertaining, as usual and I am blessed to have received some good hugs, kisses and loving from her and her brother.
My brunch was a hit ( I think) and the weather was nice enough to permit going outside to play some family hockey, Frisbee and catch. It really was fun and it warms my heart to see my family engaging with one another in such a positive way.
All of this togetherness leads me to think about kindness and compassion and the role it plays in both family life and the advocacy for the nonhuman animals raised for our use. There is no question that families can survive when there is a lack of kindness and compassion, but I presume that they do not thrive in a way that nourishes all of its members.
Dr Will Tuttle teaches us that this absence of kindness and compassion in our lives is a direct result of our herding culture. Continuing to practice long held traditions that persecute nonhuman animals ensures that we will not awaken to the kindness which dwells within.
I would imagine that this lack of compassion leads us to be callous in our personal lives, to hurt by intention or omission those we imagine to be important to us. So, in the end, we end up as trapped as the nonhuman animals who suffer today and every day.
Dr. Tuttle writes in The World Peace Diet: (page 272)
The opposite of love is not hate but indifference. When we lift the veil and see the suffering our food habits cause, when we connect with the reality of the defenseless beings who suffer so terribly because of our food choices, our indifference dissolves and compassion-its opposite- arises, urging us to act on behalf of those who are suffering.
Annie’s Vegan View
It can be a journey of rediscovering the kindness and compassion that lie dormant within us, covered up by a long history of destructive herding traditions.
Indifference, no longer needs to hold us back or to wound us-emotionally, spiritually, physically and so on. We will be open to receiving all the bounty this life has to offer us.
I encourage you to think about what you can bring to this oh so worthy cause. What is your talent, your passion that can open the doors of freedom for those who suffer at our hands? What will your contribution be?
May all beings be happy and free.