update on blog MEAN PEOPLE
It seems that some of the comments that I made in this blog entry may have been misunderstood.
Ariel has been accepted for Exeter to do Arabic, I would have preferred for her to go to St Andrews(far, far away!) but she likes the idea of Exeter.
And why do I want her to go to St Andrews and not Exeter? The subtle nuance of the joke was if she is in St Andrews I am less likely to hear her verbal outpourings than I would if she went to Exeter! Remember I also went on to say
I am ok with her joining the army but if she gets a posting to a war zone I have warned her that I shall tell the army about her undiagnosed Tourettes(think about it, Tourettes in a war zone! scary).I think she would be good teaching Arabic in some safe army training college(well I can hope can't I?). I have also told Ariel that when she joins the army I shall tell her instructors that if anything untoward happens to Ariel(i.e Deepcut!) I will hunt them down for the rest of time and I mean it!
I said the above because I LOVE HER and like any other mother if anyone tried to hurt her I would have to hurt them! OK? Understood Ariel?
Would I really be ecstatic about you going to St Andrews when I am the one with the people carrier with the top box? Think about it..........I would have to take you there and bring you back. Driving to Tobermory was bad enough. I don't know how our Swiss family copes with the journey between Switzerland and uni on England's south coast, compared to that, Cardiff to St Andrews would be a walk in the park!
Anastasia and Belle overlapped when they were in uni, one in Swansea and one in Bath which meant lots of journeys but thankfully even though SnoWhite will overlap with Ariel with uni, as SnoWhite decided to do her art degree in Cardiff it has meant no long journeys(just frequent short ones between Victoria Park and Pentwyn!).
In my blog entry Mean People I also talked about DOOCE and the problems she has with Mean people leaving comments on her blog, and funnily enough her entry for yesterday was also about another Mean person called 'Catherine'.
Read the following, Dooces most recent bit of HATEMAIL
Leta's room looks like a room that was cleaned and organized after a child had died. It is the saddest, most boring and depressing children’s room I have ever seen.If this person is being ironic then I'm afraid that I have missed it. If this person is not on medication then they need to be! Do people really get off on this kind of hatred?
Btw, when you showed the pics of your house on a previous post, I had thought the same thing.
Your house is so sterile and boring. Browse catalogs much? Every hear of having your own style?
I have 2 kids (boys - [name withheld] 2yrs and [name withheld] 5 months), not that you care, and believe me I am a cleaning fanatic, like you. I am very concerned about germs, bacteria, etc. But you are out of control sterile. It is shocking.
One more thing, my son is 2 yrs old and potty trained. Potty training is probably the easiest thing to do.
Why are you waiting so long to train Leta? You work at home don’t you?
I go to work every day and he is trained on the potty.
I personally don't care what other people do as long as they are not hurting someone else, I personally do not care what they think, what they do, how they do or don't clean their house, who they have sex with(or how) or how they potty train their constipated child as long they are not hurting anyone else. 'Catherine' definitely needs to chill out a bit more before her head explodes with all the spite that is swirling around inside of it.
Which makes me think of The Parable of the Talents, a remnant from my more religious youth( I now describe myself as spiritual).
The parable tells of a master who was leaving his home to travel, and before going gave his three servants different amounts of money. On returning from his travels, the master asked his servants for an account of the money given to them. The first servant reported that he was given five talents, and he had made five talents more. The master praised the servant as being good and faithful, gave him more responsibility because of his faithfulness, and invited the servant to be joyful together with him.
The second servant said that he had received two talents, and he had made two talents more. The master praised this servant in the same way as being good and faithful, giving him more responsibility and inviting the servant to be joyful together with him.
The last servant who had received one talent reported that knowing his master was a hard man, he buried his talent in the ground for safekeeping, and therefore returned the original amount to his master. The master called him a wicked and lazy servant, saying that he should have placed the money in the bank to generate interest. The master commanded that the one talent be taken away from that servant, and given to the servant with ten talents, because everyone that has much will be given more, and whoever that has a little, even the little that he has will be taken away. And the master ordered the servant to be thrown outside into the darkness.
The parable is apparently the origin of the use of the word "talent" to use a skill or ability, from the common interpretation of the story to teach that we are under a moral obligation to use our abilities rather than bury them.
I have always liked this parable because it teaches that we all have talents, things that we are good at but the talents all come in different forms. I know my talent, my best talent is that I am a multi-tasker. My children think I am a good cook but really I am just a good microwave technician. I have learnt to be able to do many things at once, I can cook a meal and read a book at the same time, watch TV and exercise and my most favourite multi-tasking of all is to put on the dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer and go to sleep and wake up feeling that I have achieved something(gained quality sleep time and done household chores). And to all you perfect mothers out there like 'Catherine', I AM NOT ASHAMED. I am afraid like many other people in this world my life does not fit into the perfect little box and I do what makes me feel most comfortable or happy and fits into my family life(i.e a life that fits around Beauty!).
Yes I can be judgemental of people, I hated the way Jade, Jo and Danielle treated Shilpa on Celeb BB and I said so but I recently read in the METRO newspaper(Tuesday January 23 2007) that Jade is being treated for depression and shock because of what happened on her eviction from the BB house. Well I personally feel sorry for her, is this the mother or the nurse or just caring about another human being coming out in me I don't know but the media now needs to back off and give her and her family space and keeping Jack in the house without her is not exactly helping. I feel that we humans are too quick to judge and too slow to forgive, we should be more like dogs, no matter what you do to a dog they will always love you and come back.
And my views on the news
Child porn sentence is condemned
Children's charities have condemned a judge's decision not to jail a man who downloaded child pornography, amid the row about prison overcrowding.
Judge John Rogers QC suspended Derek Williams' sentence, saying he had to consider a Home Office request to jail only the most serious offenders.
The lord chancellor has denied claims by opposition MPs that the judiciary's discretion appeared to be influenced.
Williams, 46, of Blaenau Ffestiniog, Gwynedd, said he was "lucky to be out".
His six-month term of imprisonment was suspended for two years.
Williams was also ordered to register with the police as a sex offender for the next seven years and placed under supervision.
I personally weep for the abused children whose images were downloaded from the internet by this man who is now back on the streets. This man may as well have abused these children himself, it is his desires that fuel the production of such sites.
My question is,' John Reid-How do you sleep at night?'
How can our families and children be safe when this kind of idiotic decision is made?
Early release a shoplifter, or somebody convicted of fraud or other non-violent crimes but please consider mine and other people's children when people like this are not convicted. This individual no longer has access to internet child pornography so how is he going to satisfy his
Pressure on home secretary John Reid has increased after it emerged the head of the Youth Justice Board (YJB), Professor Rod Morgan, has quit.
Prof Morgan attacked Labour's young offenders policy and said children's prisons were being "swamped".
Mr Reid is already under fire on prison overcrowding after a man who downloaded child pornography was spared jail.
The judge in the case said he had to follow Mr Reid's call to avoid jailing all but the most serious offenders.
In an exclusive interview given to BBC Two's Newsnight, Prof Morgan, says youth courts and children's prisons are being "swamped" with minor offenders who are "cluttering up" the system.
And yes I hope he does lose his job and the government learns from this HUGE mistake.