Bird Droppings February 22, 2011
Hope is more than a word it is a state of being
“Man can live for about forty days without food, and about three days without water, about eight minutes without air … but only for one second without hope.” Hal Lindsey
It was quite nice though waking up to acid reflux is not as I walked outside to a three quarters moon and clouds moving rapidly through the sky creating a lacey veneer for the moon. I need to be a bit more careful with my fish tacos mix next time as indigestion in the middle of the night does not make for a restful sleep. I posted this quote from Hal Lindsey about one thirty this morning on facebook and already had a comment or two. I thought I was the only person in the world who was up at this kind of hour. As I look at the quote perhaps this is an exaggeration only one second without hope but as I thought about it when we lose hope so often there is nothing left to live for.
“If one truly has lost hope, one would not be on hand to say so.” Eric Bentley
We start back into school with only four weeks till another break for spring seems like we have only been in school a few days this year. It is an interesting feeling I have a great desire to get back to work and a desire to go lay back down and close my eyes for a few more hours sort of a paradox this morning. I have been spoiled being able to nap and lay back down and really no schedule for the past week other than holding my grand daughter every chance I get. But as I sit thinking and wondering today I go to an experience a few years ago that made me think about the word hope.
“To eat bread without hope is still slowly to starve to death.” Pearl S. Buck
My father was well into his eighties had been periodically having urinary infections which caused his blood sugar to drop. When he was bottoming out on his sugar he becomes very morose. As I talked with him nearly four years ago on one hand he was asking about our future, my sons, my wife and or how I was doing and on the other hand how he was near the end of his time. He was refusing to eat and would only take a few sips of orange juice my mother trying to raise his sugar levels. A call came in from the visiting nurse and the recommendation was made to give him a few teaspoons of honey. My mother went in and told him she had some medicine for him and several teaspoons of honey later his sugar levels were back and he wanted to change the channel on the TV to a John Wayne movie. I thought back to a Disney movie and song “A spoonful of sugar/honey makes the medicine go down.”
“Hope is like a road in the country; there was never a road, but when many people walk on it, the road comes into existence.” Lin Yutang
In a previous month’s National Geographic several excellent stories of Africa one in particular that caught my attention. The article was focusing on the pygmies trying to hold on in their forest home as encroachment was coming. Interestingly enough civil war while hard on the pygmies was keeping illegal logging out. It was too dangerous for the loggers between poison arrows and machine gun fire to cut trees. The original inhabitants of the Ituri Forest of Zaire are the Bambuti Pygmies. Several tribes lived through the forest area in Zaire and lived similar lives to what they had been for thousands of years. There were migratory, moving about following game and primarily hunters living in little more than huts built from bent branches and large leaves. The Bambuti are fearless hunters tackling even elephants with their poison arrows. In some family groups it was a right of manhood to kill an elephant. However as I read one or two paragraphs caught my attention. It was about honey. The entire tribe would stop everything when a honey tree was found. They would gorge on honey often to a point of a stupor. The season of the year also would determine the type of honey be it light, medium or dark depending on the flowers being visited by the bees. As I thought about it honey literally doesn’t spoil often staying on a shelf for years without refrigeration.
“Honey is a source of simple carbohydrates. Its composition on average is 17.1 percent water, 82.4 percent total carbohydrate and 0.5 percent proteins, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. The average carbohydrate content is mainly fructose (38.5 percent) and glucose (31percent). The remaining 12.9 percent of carbohydrates is made up of maltose, sucrose and other sugars.” National Honey Board
My simple research pointed to modern uses of looking at the antimicrobial properties of honey and uses as a wound dressing and for weightlifters as a source of quick energy. I was very thankful back a few years for a rise in blood sugar and a rekindling of hope.
“Hope is the only bee that makes honey without flowers.” Robert Ingersoll
As I am getting all my materials ready and together to head to school and maybe I should grab a spoonful of honey who knows what the day may bring. There are many new stories and events to catch up on as I talk to students. A few more weeks of school and it will be spring break another week off again. For me it is also back to school and trying to finish up a my doctorate. It is nice being that my classes are finished sand all I have is writing my dissertation. Earlier as I went out the morning was it was still no breeze at all yet above me the clouds were zipping by. Soon new leaves will be helping to muffle neighborhood sounds and soon the crickets and frogs will be back on a regular basis and my morning choir and orchestra will be serenading me each day. A few more degrees warmer is all it needs. I watched as a wisp of smoke from some sage and sweet grass circle about with no breeze it hung in the air moving as I moved and soon wandered off into the trees. As we go into these times so many issues coming to the front almost minute by minute eventually we are responsible and it is up to us to vote and or not vote when elections arrive again.
“Once you choose hope, anything’s possible.” Christopher Reeve
I will leave with this thought there is hope and we can be the catalyst so as always please keep all in harms way on your mind and in your hearts.