Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Serenity Amidst Torment

This year when we stopped to pay our respects at the Oklahoma City memorial, I was struck by thoughts of the children whose lives ended so abruptly and the families whose lives would never be the same.

Around the back side of the memorial is a separate, less attended area at the site where the day care center playground once stood. Around this area is a fence with bells attached--one for each of the children...a place for respectful prayer and reflection. It is hard to believe that those children would be in their mid to late teens now. Yet I can only imagine them as children stopped in time.

It's sad to imagine that in such a beautiful world such hatred exists. As a family, we talked about this fact but also quickly discussed our role in this world--to leave it a little better than we found it. We are part of something much bigger than ourselves. This memorial certainly stopped us in our tracks and reminded us of this in a vivid way.

~Desi

2 Comments:

At 12:21 AM, Blogger Sharon said...

Hello Balla Family! Happy 4th of July! I can't believe you guys are road-trip'in it again this year, LOL! Looks like you are off to a great start so far. How is Miss Julie feeling? I read about the Mono-mystery illness.

So where are you headed this time? Please try NOT to bring home anymore dogs or children...stick to the rubs and sauces, it's cheaper and takes up less room in the car. What is the date of the Balla family BBQ? I'll tell Bubba to bring the fire extinguisher, LOL!

Happy trails Balla Family!

 
At 9:39 AM, Blogger The Balla Family said...

Hi Boogan,

So glad you're "on board." Julie's doing much better so we're good to go. We're headed west as far as Arizona and looping south so you'll be able to try out your Spanish while we're in Mexico!

The BBQ date is TBA but a guest appearance by your crew would be fantastic. Just bring your appetite in addition to the extinguisher!

Love,

Desi

 

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