Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

If we are forced, at every hour, to watch or listen to horrible events, this constant stream of ghastly impressions will deprive even the most delicate among us of all respect for humanity. ~ Marcus Tullio Cicero
( ancient Roman lawyer, statesman, orator 106 BC-43-BC)

Life is delicate. I was reminded of this when 20 children were senselessly slaughtered in their classrooms, when I watched CNN for two days, horrified and shocked at man’s inhumanity to man.

Delicate new life on the finca

Delicate new life on the finca

Life is delicate. I was reminded of this when a new born filly was delivered on our neighbor’s finca Saturday morning, wobbling on her long, unsteady legs, while my kitten, Queenie, watched in fascination.

Rafiella and her new born

Rafiella and her newborn

Life is delicate. I was reminded of this when the newborn filly suckled, and when Rafiella gently licked her fuzzy foal to clean off the afterbirth.

Marina and her grandson, Dustin

Marina and her grandson, Dustin

Life is delicate. I was reminded of this when Marina tenderly bathed her grandson, Dustin, while he watched the newborn filly learning to walk on long, spindly legs.

Don't fall!

Don’t fall!

Life is delicate. I was reminded of this when Marina warned Dustin, “Don’t fall. Be careful.” Life is a delicate balance… a wobbly first step on long spindly legs…a desire to spread your wings and fly without fear, without reservations…leaping into the unknown, for that is what life IS…a leap of strong faith in the unforeseen future.

Everything you see exists together in a delicate balance. As king, you need to understand that balance and respect all the creatures, from the crawling ant, to the leaping antelope -Mufasa ~ Lion King quote

Hug your children today..tell them you love them.

…written in loving remembrance of the delicate lives lost.

19 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Delicate

  1. I am so saddened by that awful tragedy….. society must change, the family must unite, communities have come together and get to know one another,Parents need to be more involved with the lives of their children, We must create a new human being, a human being full of love and compassion…. Love, Love, Love is what really going to get us out of the hole

  2. Beautiful post which blends your life on Ometepe with the tragedy back in the states. I loved all of the images, from the foal and the almost-toddler, who seems way too young to be standing alone!!!! Dustin’s future depends on extra-strong legs to carry him through good times and bad.

    • Thanks Z…I started to write another post about delicate, but then I turned on CNN and was glued to the TV for two days..distraught, angry, and feeling helpless. Then, after the birth of the filly, my attitude changed in delicate ways. Dustin only stood alone for a minute, but in a minute life can change, as we well know. I think we all need extra-strong legs to help carry us all through this mad, mad world.

    • And for this world of senseless violence by list young souls. I just don’t know how if will end and stop fr happening. Nothing seems to change after each tragedy. It is utterly heartbreaking. Beautiful post.

  3. In life we are certain of 2 things. We live and we die. All we can do is make certain we live our lives without regret and happily. People do not realize how precious one’s life is or how tenuous our time is with one another. We MUST cherish what we have . Tragedies happen and people are always plagued with what ifs.. i was quite saddened to hear the news of what happened in Connecticut. Young lives ended so abruptly and yes rather unfair. Guns are meant to protect yet in the wrong hands and minds can destroy. We can blame today’s society in making it available or we can blame the attacker. But the blame game is a reaction. Violence is common. It is our exposure to violence that makes certain things matter of fact. In this time.. I hope for the best for the parents whose little one did not come home. And thankful for those that showed exceptional courage.

    • Cassie, beautifully written. I have been glued to CNN for two days, until I just couldn’t watch it anymore. I was a first grade teacher for several years and this hit close to home. I cannot fathom this tragedy. My first reactions were to blame someone..anyone for an event so unthinkable, so horrific, so senseless that it is impossible to wrap my mind around it. You are so right…we must cherish what we have..no matter how fleeting and short.

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