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Odds and Sods – Late Night Early Morning Musings

Physical bullying at school, as depicted in th...
Physical bullying at school, as depicted in the film Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It’s 3:30 am and here I sit wide awake.  Yesterday the boys and I headed off to Kitchener to meet my SIL and her 3 grandchildren at one of the city’s museums.  There was a special area set up for Circus themes and activities which included high wire walking for the children.  We waited.  In line.  For almost 2 hours.  Each child after being strapped from stem to stern with safety wires and harnesses had the opportunity to walk the high wire and we quickly figured that the wait would be about 5 minutes per child in line.  That meant of course that 12 children equaled a 60 minute wait and the adventures therein were many but that will have to wait for another post.

The point is that by the time I got home I was exhausted, stiff, and sore.  The day was tons of fun so it was worth it, but I knew when I got home I would want to sleep so I kept moving, puttering about here and there and finally gave in to a couple of glasses of fermented grapes and a little TV.  I finally surrendered to the sandman way too early, but oh my, it did feel good to slip between those sheets and head off to the land of nod, just to wake bright and early – well the bright part is me as it is still dark outside my window- thinking great thoughts, and pondering all things ponderable.

I noticed more brave little stories on FB about bullying and an article about Charlie Sheen on yet another rant, this time about his daughter being bullied, and this got me to thinking about this way too sensitive subject.  And from that pondering came questions.

Where will the heroes of tomorrow find their brave?  So many outstanding people suffered some form on bullying or rejection (which seems to somehow have become equalized to bullying) and in doing so became braver, became stronger. They became our leaders, our artists, our models for success.

Strength, I have heard, comes from Adversity.  Are we removing or trying to remove all adversity for the younger generations?  And in doing so are we making their future more difficult?

Are we over defining bullying?  When does a taunt between children playing become bullying?  The lines have become blurred.  I can clearly see brutality, which I think is a more accurate word than bullying, which ends in child suicides and torturous lives, and should have far more severe consequences than it seems to.  But where do we draw the line?  How will anyone learn to ‘suck it up’ and carry on?

When I was a child there were lessons to be learned; Life is not fair, some people are jerks who will be hurtful and the challenge was not in negating hurt but recognizing it and becoming stronger because of it.

I fear that because of the extreme cases of brutality we are going too far in teaching our children to cry ‘poor me’ in less severe situations, instead of teaching them to stand up, be strong and understand the reality of the world.  The reality is that in spite of our great hue and cry against brutality (bullying) there still continues to be bullies and there still will continue to be bullies in the future.

George Carlin and Dean Koontz have both expressed, one on stage and one in fiction, that when we over protect our children we are doing them a disservice.  They cannot become immunized against adversity because we do not allow them to experience adversity.  Is that what we are doing in this situation?

You see, I applaud anti-bullying programs.  We have more situations when groups of people, particularly students are standing up as a group against bullying. That is a good thing.  There are all kinds of education on recognizing when bullying takes place, stopping the act of bullying, and denouncing it publically, but I have yet to see a program that teaches us the reality of the how and the why of it and coping.  It just seems that we are so busy with the ‘buzz word’ of it all, that we are failing to carry through with the successful coping of it all.

 

New TV Season Anxiety

New TV Season Anxiety

I have always been rather pleased with myself that I do not watch much television (generally this is knitting time so I can claim to be creative whilst sitting and basically doing nothing) but somehow I have become attached to a few shows and found last season end with some pretty extreme cliff hangers.

I remember the days of Dynasty and the efforts made at the end of each season to outdo the last.  Then the big tussle was between Alexis and Krystle and the best year was when they ended up in a chick fight in the fountain.

I resist new shows because frankly I don’t want to have to decide on getting rid of one show to make room for another.  But there are a few I am looking forward to and hope they will not disappoint.

Two and a Half Men: * This doesn’t really count as I have NEVER watched this show in its entirety and include it only because of a lapse in judgment.  Didn’t like the premise when it was Charlie Sheen and was always baffled by its appeal, but I found myself watching the season premiere tonight perhaps because of all the hype and Ashton Kutcher (even though I do not understand Demi’s attraction to him). Anyway I gave it a go but yuch!

Big Bang Theory:   For years friends recommended The BBT and I went out of my way to avoid it and then last year I got hooked.  I find it witty and entertaining although I must confess Leonard’s whining gets to be a bit much but come Thursday I will perched ready to chuckle and chortle at the naiveté and brilliance of it all.

NCIS: Los Angeles:  I love the story lines and the characters in this series but I have to say that if Hetty in fact dies then I will dump the show as she was the primary reason for watching.

NCIS:  It took a few years to get into watching this show but Mark Harmon has lastability.

The Mentalist:  Now this one has me puzzled.  Patrick Jane successfully kills Red John, but the show started because Jane was on a search for RJ who brutally murdered his wife and daughter.  Now where could they possibly go?  Does it matter if Jane spends the rest of his life in jail as long as he is satisfied that justice was obtained?  He obtained his goal.  I am not sure if I will continue with this series even though the lead character is a cutie that just makes you feel good looking at him.

House:  This is another series I refused to watch in the beginning.  A Doc who is rude, mean, and arrogant and a junkie – no thanks – as a nurse I saw enough of that, but well into the series I began to watch intrigued by the thought of his coming clean.  Even though this completely upended the initial premise it was handled well with excellent scripts and dead solid characters – well the characters weren’t dead just the weekly guests sometimes.  I almost deserted the House Island last year with the messing around with Cuddy (no chemistry between the two of them at all) and may well chuck it this year as it could be all played out.  Apparently they are going to have him spend a year in jail which is pretty screwy since that is what happened to 13 when she had to leave the show to do some movies for a year.

Hawaii Five-0:  This was probably the biggest cliff hanger of all.  The whole Five 0 was disbanded at the end of last season.  Take about upending initial premises! This one along with BBT may be the only two shows I continue to watch this year.  The governor is dead – she was bad…Steve McGarrett is in jail for her murder.  Obviously they have to get Five-0 back and how they do it should be interesting.

The Good Wife:  I resisted this for the first season, got hooked the last season and may ditch it this season.  I mean it appears Alicia has sincerely left Peter and will pick up with Will…blah blah blah.  I watch for Christine Baranski who I think is brilliant.

Well considering the shows that I will probably drop I may have time in my schedule to at least take a peek at one or two others.