Today I was very disappointed…

Even the Girl Scout Cookie, is no longer sacred.

Wow! I had been totally scammed.

What happened?

I wouldn’t dare post this pic as a thumbnail, since the cookie itself, is the size of a thumbnail. What happened to the Girl Scout cookies I had known as I child? And do they really think we don’t notice that they are robbing us blind?

It takes 4 of these cookies to make one cookie. And it costs $4 bucks to buy a box of these things. I only bought them because my mom loves them and I thought I was helping support the organization, but come on! Seriously? This is robbery.

When I brought them home, I opened the bag inside the box, and pulled it out for my mom. She laughed as I sat a teaspoon down on the counter and tried to picture it to scale. I then grabbed the bag and said. “Hey, look at this. Once the air is taken out, there’s not even a full bag, and it’s about a quarter cup of thimble size cookies!”

A half bag of cookies equals a quarter cup of flour

I thought the Cupcake Merlot in the background was a nice touch. In fact, that was a much better dessert, as far as I’m concerned. Hat’s off to the Girl Scouts. You have found a way to beat inflation and save a ton of money.

At the end of the day, they only had 3 boxes left and I didn’t even get my choice. My mom would have loved the chocolate mint instead, I already know that, but I assured her that the granola bars I had purchased inside, were chocolate mint and they were buy one get one free, so I got way more bang for my buck.

Nope, if the organizations want to raise funds, they have to be generous themselves. People aren’t going to be silly with their hard-earned money. Especially when we aren’t sure about where our funds end up any more.

Now, I was in Girl Pioneers, when I was a young girl. It was the equivalent of Girl Scouts. It was a wonderful organization and we had people in the church who would teach us sewing and cooking, etc.

The simplicity of it all seemed to be what made it all work. Then to see organization grow to a size where it would become a mega-enterprise, it seems opportunists would just be taking the cookies and running!

Hmmm, come to think of it….that’s the way of the world.

Beware of My Tantrum

It happened again today. It never ceases to amaze me. No matter how terrible the tragedies in this country, there are always people, who seem to go about their lives, in a total funk, oblivious to what is happening in this world. We all seem to exist to make their every wish come true, and when that doesn’t happen, they will make sure we hear about it. This is most miserable for all of us, when it takes place on that metal tube.

This morning, Ms. Sour Grapes, had her turn. She started out pleasant enough as I briefed her about her emergency exit, and made a few jokes with her. She seemed pleasant. But, as I gathered later, it was only a ruse, for the ambush, at dinner.

I came up from the back to help the flight attendants working Business Class. And as I served her the meal, she didn’t seem to say anything. It was later, as I passed by, when she called me over, and pointed to her tray, “please take this,” she said, in disgust. “I’m not going to eat this.”

I was quite surprised, as it was the most popular meal we offered, and she hadn’t touched it. As I brought it into the galley, I set it down and asked the galley flight attendant about her. “Oh, she was all upset because she didn’t get her first choice.”

“Oh,my gosh! Not that again” I said. “I’m getting so tired of this.” “Yes,” he said,”I took them in order of status, and asked her what her second choice would be, and she told me, and that’s what she got. She seemed fine with it.” “Well,she sure wasn’t when she called me over.”

Now I was still running meals out, when she called me over again. “Excuse me,” she said. “Could you please tell me why, I got that meal, when people behind me are getting the meal I chose?” “Yes, I will be happy to explain. We take meal orders according to mileage status. It is our policy. We take a first meal order and a secondary order to ensure you have another choice. In mid-sentence she cut me off and said, “I don’t want to hear this. I’m writing a letter.” I bit my tongue, as I wanted to say, Excuse me, but you’re the one who called me over to ask me a question, so obviously, you did want to hear this!”I think  that what she didn’t want to hear was that she didn’t have status. And the baby in the car seat behind her carried more status than she did.

Yes, that was a family of 4, and I carried those trays past her, but she was so sarcastic, I just wanted to parade it right up to her seat and stop in front of her and say, “Oops! I’m at the wrong seat. It’s not my fault you’re not as successful as that little toddler back there! Maybe you should have tried harder!”

I’m just a little tired of people acting so entitled. And just plain rude. She wouldn’t take anything for the rest of the flight, as if it was our fault. Those little kids had more manners. Every time we gave them something they said please and thank you. And the woman was just angry. Over a meal choice? Really? Is this really worth it?

I went to the back later and I was talking with the flight attendant about the issue of the epidemic in China and the elderly crisis. It seems because they had allowed couples to only have one child, the elderly population with Alzheimer’s and dementia is outnumbering the population, which is able to care for them. Because I have my elderly mother living with me, I was thinking about this dilemma. What a terrible crisis. They are trying to come up with solutions to the problem. I couldn’t help but think of this woman, I had just dealt with. I thought, yes, perhaps we might have to step up to the plate, and instead of bringing babies back from China, we may have to bring the elderly back.

Then the thought occurred to me. You know, that just might be a trip to cure this crotchety women. She should go to China and bring some of these elderly people back. Perhaps our government could assign people like her to some kind of a post. Then she could really feel important. It would be a win-win, situation. She would get a very important title, she would get her first meal choice, and she would be a government employee, with all those perks. Even though her real job would be babysitting. Who cares? It wouldn’t be long before she needs the services herself, and then they would be paid for.

By the time she had done enough of these trips, I’m sure she would be humbled enough, to stop acting like spoiled brat!

 Yes, we are supposed to give out little compensatory coupons to customers every now and then, but I don’t agree with giving them to people like this. It just encourages the very worst in behavior. If I had my way, I would be giving out tickets to do work in mission camps to people like this. It would be like a game show. We could simply take a vote by working crew and announce to the lucky customer; “Congratulations! You are the customer who needs a character makeover! You have a ticket to Haiti for one month! We bought you this nice shovel, as a going away present. Buh-Bye!!!!”

My Daily Bread….And A Toaster!

birds of the air and fish of the sea

What could cause birds to just fall from the sky and fish to just die for no reason at all?

Well man will always find a natural reason to dismiss this, because they cannot or will not give a supernatural excuse for this. But if you care to seek God’s meaning to life, and His words, He has already spoken of these days.

Now I have been watching these things unfold by watching people around me, especially my own family. I have my mother with me right now. And she’s been through so much. She’s been betrayed by the people she’s loved the most and they’ve tried to turn the tables on her. Robbed of her last earthly possessions. Yes, I’ve always told her, she would have been better off at the hands of total strangers. And even the strangers, which she grew to trust, in the end, had also betrayed her. They all collaborated with family to scheme against her. A very sad set of circumstances. And it wasn’t as if she had an estate. But thieves are thieves. It matters not whether rich or poor.

But I was sad for my mother. I watched her suffer for most of her life. I was amazed to see her lose so much, and the loss of two sons, didn’t bring tears, yet now, I listened in amazement, as she told me she was waking up from her sleep with tears. I knew it was not the loss of her belongings, so much as it was the fact that the people she loved, could be so cruel.

I was angry. But I was also angry at the fact that Stuff, could cause such greed in people. And it was just junk. Now I had problems with my daughter. I had finally cleaned out her bedroom of years full of stuff.  I told her father to let her know, she needed to go through it. We were going to declutter and sell it at a yard sale. This hoarding had to come to and end. While I was on the phone, my son came running into the room and he was telling me that he was upset because my brother had taken his piece of felt, which was a cat toy. He claimed it was his.

That was the final straw! I got off the phone. I went into the room with the piece of felt and had my meltdown. I said, “You are all so worried about your Stuff! Your aunt just passed away a few months ago and she was worried her whole life about her stuff! Grandma is in that room, and she’s worried about her stuff! Your sister’s stuff is all piled up in the hallway! Here! You want your stuff?”

I promptly took the piece of felt and tore it in half. I threw a piece to my son and a piece to my brother. As my son tossed his back at me, my brother could feel my anger and came up to me and calmly rubbed my arm and said, “Thank you, my sister. Thank you.”

Wow. I thought. That is how we are supposed to be. He was thankful for his half piece of the cat toy. lol

I decided for Christmas I was going to make my mother as comfortable as she could be. I want her to be happy. I know she smokes and am not even going to attempt to make her quit. She eats chocolate and she swears it is what keeps her healthy. I make her the meals and leave them when I go. It’s the only way I know she’s eating a sensible meal.

For Christmas, I decided to give her an electric cigarette. I heard from my friends that they’re great and I thought, “hey, she won’t get all the carcinogens, and it’s not flammable. she’ll probably get a kick out of it. ” But they aren’t cheap.

We all had a lot of fun getting her gifts and my son wanted to get her some really nice slippers and a warm blanket, because he said, “he wants her to stay warm. As they banter back and forth, his nickname for her is, “bad grammar.” Since she’s always telling him, he’s guilty of this misdemeanor.

After Christmas I noticed that my mother was not using anything that we had given her. She still kept talking about the things that had been taken from her. “Mom,” I said, I know, it was a terrible thing that they have done to you. I’m not denying this. And it will be dealt with. But you have wonderful things that you have received. Why don’t you use them? I mean is there anything you need, that you don’t have, right now?” Then she answered, “Well, I don’t have my toaster!”

Oh, my gosh. I just cracked up. “Mom, are you telling me that you would pay money to store, and ship a $2 toaster? And where would you put a toaster right now?”

It made me realize that my mother, like the people who had stolen her things, was only looking at the things that she did not have. “Mom,” I said, look at what you have, right now. You have everything you need. And when you need a toaster, you’ll have your toaster.”

When, I heard the news about the birds falling from sky and the fish dying, I said, “surely this is a sign from the Lord. It is not natural for birds and fish of only one species to just die. But the Lord would speak to us in a manner such as this. When I see such despicable behavior as I have in my own life, I hear the voice of the Lord, loud and clear. This is the word which was spoken out of Hosea 4:1-4

 Hear the word of the Lord, you Israelites, because the Lord has a charge to bring.against you who live in the land.

There is no faithfulness, no love, no acknowledgement of God in the land.

There is only cursing, lying and murder, stealing and adultery.

They break all bounds(COVENANTS) and bloodshed follows bloodshed,

Because of this the land mourns, and all who live in it waste away, the beasts of the field and the birds of the air and the fish of the sea are dying.

Well, covenants are broken. We go back to the justice system, the mortgage crisis, banking, marriages, etc. It is the whole mess.

So, what do we need in these times? We need to learn to trust God each day for our daily bread. To walk in total trust. For our needs. As He taught the nation of Israel when they wandered the desert and He rained down manna. This was their, “daily bread.”He gave them nothing more, so they would not waste. I heard it stated today that, “there is a hoarder inside each one of us.” I believe that is true. The enemy of our souls wants to distract us with stuff. So we cannot see what is truly important. That is our total reliance on our heavenly Father and it is where our faith really begins to grow.

 It is to seek God. It is what the Lord spoke of when He told us to travel light. When we come to realize, we have our daily bread, but we don’t need a toaster!