Children Are Our Future

There are already 32 states under lockdown orders and more surely to come.


It is good to see the children playing outside (even in smallish groups). 


It’s trying times with schools closed, many parents trying to telework, and the need to take care of the children (especially the younger ones) at the same time. 


We can’t lose sight that the children are our future. 


They are everything in this world. 


Even with the Coronavirus pounding away at our older and more vulnerable populations, we can still thank G-d that not many children have been infected


Even in challenging times, G-d shows His mercy to us. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Hope Amidst Coronavirus

This is absolutely what I call:

Hope Amidst Coronavirus.


Life is hope. 


The children are our future. 


Love and caring is our continuity. 


G-d’s is the Master over it all. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Matter Of Vigilance

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Getting around town, I have noticed a stark and scary hands-off absence of security. 


So different than the immediate vigilance after the attacks of 9/11 is the sleepiness of our security establishment now. 


Recently, I noticed a security guard not on lookout, but rather on video games on his smartphone while standing post. 


And then again coming down the street today, another guard (no child that is) was putting up handprints on the fogged up glass instead of having their hands safely on (or off) their trigger. 


What was even more frightening was that the guard abruptly turns around while handprinting the windows, as if I did something wrong just walking by, and says to me, “You scared me!”


To which I promptly replied, “Really, you’re the one with the gun!”


It’s incredible how far we have fallen security-wise after the attacks from New York to Paris and Orlando to Kiryat Arba.


In the Wall Street Journal today, Bret Stephens writes, “It’s depressing to think that the only way the world might understand the truth about terrorism is to have some experience of it.” 


Why do we have to be lazy and lackadaisical, playing around with people’s lives, instead of with it and ready to prevent the next one and the next one?  😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Shockingly Hungry

Parenting

So a funny part of my personality is that I can be a little bit of a joker sometimes.


I am a study of human nature, so it can be fun just to get a rouse out of people, by doing something unexpected or even shocking. 


Today, going through the airport with my daughter, the TSA security lines were a lot better than what had been advertised lately.


As we get through and are getting our stuff together, my daughter says to me (around breakfast time now): “I’m hungry, can we get something to eat?”


So, I jokingly turn to her with a serious face on and say, “But you already ate yesterday!”


This strange man next to us, stops dead in his tracks overhearing what I said, and gives us the craziest look.


So what do I do having a ball with this?


I repeat even louder and with more emphasis, “Why do you need to eat again?  You already ate yesterday!!”


I am having to hold myself from cracking up laughing as I know this guy is listening and I almost can’t wait to see his facial expression. 


I look at my daughter who gets it and is playing along and she is also pretending and putting on a sour face like she can’t have any food today.


The guy looks like he is about to explode and say something, but decides I suppose to just make a real disgusted kvetchy face and move on.


I was sort of disappointed that he didn’t want to help (in his mind) this kid and say something like, “How can you do that–and not feed her every day?”


I would have admired him for actually caring enough to try to help and intervene for someone else, even a stranger. 


But I guess the pent up shocked look will have to surface for today’s human antics. 😉


(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

To Little Jonah

Butterfly

So swimming in the pool, I meet little 7-year old Jonah. 


He sort of made himself known to me when he decided he wanted to race me on the swim board.


I was going just a little faster–and I reminded him that I had a key competitive advantage, fins. 


He said, “Darn I should have brought mine!’


He asked how old I was, and I said a little older than you. 


Not satisfied, he pressed the question, saying “I can tell you are an adult.”


So I had to cave and admit that, and pointing to my heart, added that “I am young at heart.”


Jonah’s in 1st grade, and wanted to know what grade I was in. 


His guess was 4th grade, and I said “That’s about right.”


Jonah is from New Orleans visiting his grandmother for Passover. 


She was watching him in the pool and smiling with grandmotherly nachos, ear-to-ear.


I told Jonah to make sure to treat his grandmother nicely. 


But Jonah at this point had jumped into my swim lane and was in mock superhero fighting mode, and said “I want to punch you.”


I thought to myself, hmm it’s not only my wife that feels that way (LOL).


Anyway, it was clear that I had made a new friend with Jonah, who was off bobbing up and down in the water well over his head. 


Bye Jonah–have a good time visiting for Passover. 


(Source Photo: Dannielle Blumenthal)

Ocean Waves (Take 60 Seconds To Enjoy)

I took this video of the ocean waves coming unto the sandy beach (some seaweed included).


60 seconds of pure calm and peaceful tide. 


Today, they finally took down the purple flags that indicate dangerous marine life, so we were able to go in the ocean and really enjoy. 


The rhythm of the ocean waves, the sun tanning our skin, the warm relaxing water, and the people playing and laughing (and some kissing).  


Thank you Hashem for this wonderful day and the beautiful world you created for us to partake of–blessed are thou! 


(Source Video: Andy Blumenthal)