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Thursday, October 22, 2015

Weird Weather and the Whys of Life

This was an Autumn day 2014. The sky was perfectly painted and it was cool but calm.
This was Monday, October 19th, 2015. The clouds were low but the sky was still marvelous with color.
Earlier today you could see the cloudy skies from all the rain but my neighbors autumn tree was still golden. The past two mornings I could not take a sunrise photo. The sky was black as in pitch black. The rain was coming down so hard and fast it took a long while for the skies to change from black to cloudy.
This reminds me of the weather we have had all across the country. Downright weird is about the best description of it. Last week we were still in the 80's, this week the low at night hits 40! Brrr....time for electric blankets, hot cocoa and flannel sheets. I hope you will visit Ms. Jenny and the "W" featured at Alphabe Thursday.
This is a Kelly Black print of the Colorado Columbine. It is the state flower of our glorious state. But today I thought about it in a whole different light.
My FB friend Coni Sanders had a tough day today. She has been struggling with some health issues herself. She was recently married and she holds a relatively high stress job. But  at Face Book she talked about her dad. Dave Sanders would have turned 64 years old today. Coni misses him. She wishes she could hug him and eat some Mexican food with him and drink a rum and coke together. But that won't happen, her dad, lower left of this photo was the lone teacher who died at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado . April 20, 1999 was a beautiful Spring day and then Coni's dad like the twelve students pictured above were murdered .Today Coni is mad. She wants to change people so violence like this won't happen. She wants no one else to feel the pain she feels every single day.  Coni is a brave lady, she counsels at risk human beings. When people ask her why she says because she  wishes someone would have reached out to the young men who took her dad's life. Coni is an inspiration to all of us. She is smart, she is kind and caring. She reaches out a helping hand and yet she herself has had more struggles than a person should have to deal with after such a violent loss. She is a kind lady with a big heart and she is filled with compassion and encouragement. She won't be able to hug her dad today but he is shining down smiling at her. I just know it, because he would be so very proud of all the things she has done. So happy heavenly birthday Coach Dave Sanders, You would be proud of this beautiful lady you called your daughter. She deals with the tough stuff. She took after you and we all know that you gave your life protecting so many of your students.
I hope this google image makes Coni's dad smile from his heavenly home. I don't have the answers to the whys in life but I know I can be a better person and pray and reach out a kind hand to someone hurting today.

I can pray and I can trust God. Sometime you need just a smile:
Thanks to my friend Lorna for posting this cute kitten. Have a beautiful and blessed weekend.


Patti B said...

Beautiful photos of the sky and lovely post in honor of so many lives cut short. Life is full of whys that we can't answer. Thanks for sharing.

Theresa said...

Beautiful skies and yes, we are having some really WEIRD weather! I will pray for your friend, I truly understand missing a Daddy:( Have a blessed day dear Anne, HUGS!

Edna B said...

In my whole life, I have never seen such weird weather as what we have been having these past few years. It seems like there is a devastating storm or fire or flood somewhere in this country every single day.

I agree that four paws can help to heal just about anything. This would be such a sad world without our fur babies to love and cuddle with.

Today is cool and sunny with bits of cloudy every now and then. However, tonight will be in the 30's. Now that is not so cool!! Well actually it is, but I would prefer the nights to be in the 50's. Ah well, Mother Nature never asks me what I prefer.

Well, it's time for me to type up my post. You have a wonderful day, hugs, Edna B.

Mevely317 said...

Aw, Anne ... Your sweet words about Coach Sanders brought tears to my eyes. It's neat to read stories of those faces behind the headlines.
Yes, I always pause to wish my mother and father 'Happy Birthday' on their 'earthly birthdays.' This may sound weird, but on the awful anniversaries of their deaths I try to smile and sincerely wish them a happy Heavenly Birthday.

Denise said...

hope you are doing well, have you found a doctor yet? I love you.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I feel for your friend Coni. I agree with you, Anne, her father would be proud. No doubt her loving spirit is making a difference in the people she works with. Thanks for sharing her story.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

carol l mckenna said...

Wonderful photos and loving post for your friend's Dad and others of Columbine ~

You are a treasure and wish you lived near by ~

Happy Weekend to you,
artmusedog and carol

Ann said...

Such a heartfelt post about such horrible evil that affected your friend, we will never know why such things happen to good people. God only knows. Thanks for your visit, I've been so busy I couldn't find time to post anything for awhile. We are having a wonderful fall-happy for that.