Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Theme Thursday - Surface


Surface! Surface! Surface!
Submarine rising frantically from the depths? Nope.
Blog-Brains running around in circles trying to figure out what to write about this week’s theme: Surface.

Aha! Got mine. Things on the surface. This is so rich. This is so ripe. This is so ready.

“Beauty is only skin-deep,” my mother once told me.



Then, later, I read somewhere an eye-opening truth: Ugly goes all the way to the bone.


Here is an example of truly Ugly that we actually paid for with our taxes:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/10/us/10detain.html?th&emc=th

That ugly truth was hidden beneath a surface of lies.


Sometimes, on the surface, things look just fine. Even inviting. One of my favorite flowers is this one:



But beneath its absolutely intoxicating fragrance and lovely petals, it is deadly poisonous. On the Causeway between Tampa and Clearwater, Florida there used to be Oleander after Oleander. Gorgeous to look at and smelled like heaven itself. Then someone burned some of the branches and died. The beautiful bushes were removed.

And all of this brings me to the real surface I want to talk about today. Everyday we see people around us who, on the surface, seem fine. It’s hard to tell anymore how a person is doing by looking at them since these days we all dress like refugees as a matter of course. We even go out of our way to purchase new clothes that have holes torn in them – on purpose. Oy!

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But beneath that surface is oftentimes someone who has either been bankrupted by our healthcare system or has lost their job and is holding on by a thread. They may live next door to you but, while you shop for groceries at the local grocery store, they shop for groceries at the local food bank which, often as not, looks a lot like this:


More and more people used to live in a house like this:



Now they are living like this:





But we don’t often see any of this because, for us, it’s beneath the surface. Our government knows it’s there…. But….



Help just doesn’t always get where it’s needed. So I’m asking you to think just a little bit about what might be beneath the surface of what you see as you go about your daily business.

Maybe you’ve got “stuff” sitting around your house that you don’t ever use. You don’t really need it, so why not give it away? Try the Freecycle.org website for your area and maybe someone who has no shoes will come and claim those old running shoes or loafers you don’t wear anymore.

And when you do go grocery shopping, maybe pick up an extra box of cereal or can of veggies or fruit for your local food bank. And don’t forget pet food. There are so many lost, abused, and hungry pets out there. Remember them, too. Maybe even think about giving a home to one of them.






You’ll be very glad you did… Way down beneath the surface – where only you can know how good it feels.



20 comments:

Janice said...

You covered a lot of ground in this piece; I liked it a lot. I had a LOL moment on the Cheney bit, not that it is really funny. More sad. The NY Times article was an eye opener. So much to think about...

Poetikat said...

Every once in a while I think we all need a pricking of our collective conscience. You have done this exceedingly well, AngelMay.

otin said...

On the surface, this is just a blog that some woman writes on and socializes with, but when you look below the surface you see a kind woman with a good heart who tries to steer people in the right direction so that they may see some overlooked social injustices! I loved this post!

Brian Miller said...

nice take on the theme angelmay...there are so many that need help these days...and some that will keep up impressions, hiding beneath the surface so no one ever knows...until it is too late. thanks for bringing it into the light.

Skip Simpson said...

Hon... I really AM thinking we were separated at birth! The sad part, is for awhile... I was living under a bridge.

The Silver Fox said...

Excellent. Up to your usual high standards, I daresay!

Jessie said...

a great post! thanks for the website address.Freecycle.org

so many dimensions beneath the surface...

warm smiles,

willow said...

Excellent post, AngelMay.

Wings said...

Great piece. An easy thing to do, so why don't we do it more often?

Betsy said...

Don't completely agree with everything here, but the kitten is cute! :)

Stephanie said...

Nice post Angel May.

JeffScape said...

I was in the process of leaving a detailed comment when your Bertrand Russell quote caught my eye. I LOVE Russell! He's so underappreciated these days.

And your cat photo has me rolling.

Dreamhaven said...

Wonderful. Sometimes that dive beneath the surface can leave you feeling ill. Well done

Joy Keaton said...

Thank you for this! I think so many people forget that just by doing a little bit they can help someone who needs it a lot.

Mmm said...

Well i liked Cheney-- I thought he was tough--just what we needed after 9-11.

Baino said...

Fabulous. But the bit with resonance for me is the way people carry on as if nothing's bothering them when beneath the surface there's a maelstrom of emotion. I hate it when checkout chicks ask "How are you today. . ." really? A great reminder too that there is always someone worse off, in need and more importantly someone who might be grateful for a little gesture of generosity. You are indeed a generous soul.

Megan said...

I don't have to look very far. My neighborhood is one of the poorest in L.A. I see little tent encampments like that on my way to the bus stop every morning! :(

This is a great post. You remind me that I have several perfectly good pairs of boots in my closet that I never wear any more. To the nearest shelter they will go!

CatLadyLarew said...

Great post, AngelMay. You got to the heart of what's under the surface here.

Gladys said...

Well done AngelMay. You are so correct that people don't always rise to the surface. :)

Sally said...

Very lovely post!! <3