He rises and walks erect
One step, then one more
“Never assume that because a man can see, he is not blind”
Thanks to Chuck over at D is for Dad for pointing out that my Blogger account was set up to only accept comments from people with Google accounts. This was the default when I created this blog, and I in blissful ignorance never checked it to make the change.
Yes, it is all clear now. This must certainly be the reason I have not received even more comments on the stellar material I have been meticulously preparing for all you dedicated readers of LIAYF.
I apologize if you have tried but failed to leave a kind word. You can all rest easy now, knowing that you are free and certainly now able to comment all you like.
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AMBER Alerts by State
Child Protection Publications
Code Adam Alerts in Government Buildings
FBI Kidnapping and Missing Persons Investigations
FBI Parental Kidnappings
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children
Sex Offender Registry National Search
National Child Id program
As 5th fiddle, he is 'lucky' if he gets fed every day, although an outsider would never know this since he is a bit on the, well, chunky side.(He is pictured above back in his thuggish days when he was much lankier and much more street). Pets on the back and bits of attention are much harder to come by now as well. However the Usurper, as no. 1 fiddle is known to him, waves frantically and makes many sudden moves toward him in what can pass for delight. This is causing fiddle 5 to actually jump up from a sleeping, almost catatonic state and dart off to safety rather often now. Worse yet, this morning the Usurper actually tried to ride him. How humiliating!
The darting about is good for him though, as he needs to gain back some of that edge, get some of the street back into him. Who knows, he might have to venture out and catch some of his own food one of these days and he needs to be ready! If he lays out in the grass all day, the birds and mice are not going to walk up and give themselves up. No sir.
The Usurper is just trying to help!
This past Friday, one of our very dear friends suffered a heart attack then 2-3 major strokes after being administered anesthesia just before surgery. She is like family to us. She and her husband are Luke's appointed guardians should something happen to both Mrs. LIAYF and I. She and her husband have been amazingly supportive throughout our journey into parenthood and we love them both.
Our friend is paralyzed on her right side and has suffered extensive damage to her brain's speech, hearing and vision centers. She cannot yet walk or talk. She is just starting to communicate through gestures, and reaches out to everyone who visits. Today she was transferred out of intensive care at Seattle's best trauma hospital. However, she will remain at the hospital for several weeks while she begins her recovery process. She will then go home and continue her physical and speech therapy.
Our friend is young (mid thirties) and was healthy before this tragedy, so we are all hopeful she can make a full recovery. She has progressed amazingly in a few short days, but the process will be most likely be long and difficult. This friend is kind, generous and wonderful. Everyone who knows her just adores her and wishes her well. It's been a tough reminder that life is short, and that friends and family are what make it worth living.
I knew very little about strokes before this, but was amazed when I was directed to this video about what it feels like to have a stroke. If you are interested, take some time to watch and learn. It's a fascinating description by a neuroanatomist who had a stroke of her own - oddly, at the same age our friend is now (37). The neuroanatomist has recovered completely, so there's lots of hope for our friend. In addition to being kind and generous, our friend is tough, determined and works hard. Her recovery will be a good example to Lukas of what you can overcome through sheer will, determination, and loving family and friends.
Please keep our friend in your thoughts and prayers - I believe that all good intentions make a positive difference in situations like this.