Category Archives for "Karla’s Korner"
On Being Careless…
Tucked away in a quaint little bookstore in Covington, Kentucky I met a new friend to discuss writing, life and to get acquainted. Noting that our lives are relatively different but also similar in some aspects I soaked up and appreciated the time we shared together. It is evident that this newfound friend is a lover of life, who is willing to share his knowledge, wit and wisdom with others. As we parted ways we shared a brief hug and well wishes and a promise to keep in touch. As the door began to close behind me he called out “Be careless”. Pulling away from the curb those words began to settle in and I realized what he had said. How often do we wish someone well and encourage them to be careful?; never careless.
As a parent we find ourselves watching over our children making sure they are safe and careful. Lessons in not touching dangerous things, not talking to strangers, don’t run with your hands in your pockets, tie your shoes so you don’t trip, wear your rain boots, take your vitamins, the list could go on and on. Having been a mother for nearly 23 years I cannot recall ever telling my kids to be careless; maybe I should have.Continue reading
I met him a few weeks before Christmas and it was love at first sight. He’s short, stocky with big brown eyes and a crooked little “grin”. He’s feisty, a little pushy, impatient, head strong, growls often and dribbles when he drinks water. His name is Louis and he is the one year old bulldog puppy of my daughter’s girlfriend Ashley. Born with a cleft palate Louis has endured two surgeries to help correct his physical imperfection; after meeting him I believe it’s the imperfection that makes him even more endearing. According to most Louis’ physical defect made him undesirable, less than perfect, un-adoptable. As a matter of fact most puppies born with imperfections like his would be eliminated; unless someone looked beyond the imperfections and gave them a second chance. Ashley saw through the obvious imperfections, took a chance and brought Louis home with her and Lola; his 1 year old adopted bulldog sister. Together, Lola and Louis make an unstoppable team greeting visitors to their home making them feel welcomed and loved; and a little wet with sloppy kisses. They play hard, sleep hard and enjoy late night and early morning snuggles with their humans. Second chances brought about a lot of love to this family.Continue reading
Growing Through Goals
Sitting across the bright yellow table from a precious blonde four year old I yawned and immediately the little girl exclaimed “Ms. Karla, you’re growing…mommy says when you yawn you’re growing!” Quickly I answered, “Oh goodness I hope not, I’m already grown”. Quite often the little people in my world will have discussions about what they want to “be” when they grow up or find themselves picking what or who they want to “be” during free play. “I’ll be the mommy, you be the daddy and you be the little kid” one will say. Watching the littles make believe they are grown-ups is quite endearing. I often want to tell them to slow down and not rush it because being the grown up is nothing like their make believe game.Continue reading
Resolve To Be Kind…
Anglican pastor, theologian and co-founder of Methodism (now the United Methodist Church) John Wesley once said “Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as you can.” With the Christmas holiday behind us and the New Year quickly approaching it seems that everyone is making their New Year’s resolutions most of which involves self-improvement of some sort. While living a healthy lifestyle is necessary what if this year resolutions included doing for others in the way in which Wesley instructs us to do.Continue reading
As a little girl you scared me to tears. For the first few years of my little girl life I cried as my parents placed me in your lap. Sitting way up high in that big red sleigh with your bright red suit, hat and long white beard I felt small and afraid; very afraid. As I got older my fears subsided and while I wasn’t really afraid anymore your big presence was still a bit much and by the time I learned the “truth” the fairytale magic was over; our visits were over. Continue reading
Let Your Light Shine…
Author and motivational speaker Katrina Mayer wrote “Let your light shine so brightly that others can see their way out of the dark”. Recently my husband and I went outside to see if we could catch a glimpse of the International Space Station flying overhead. Thinking it was a long shot we stood in the driveway and looked for what was described to be a bright shining light travelling at certain coordinates across the sky. Amongst the bright twinkling stars and airplane lights blinking across the night sky we were skeptical to say the least. Finally we saw it and followed it across the sky and then out of sight. It was amazing to think that all of those miles up “there” the light shined bright enough for us to see it and that there were people living there, in the distance, in the light. I wondered what their view was like, if there were certain lights that stood out from down here that they could recognize; a beacon of sort. The light from the space station broke into the darkness giving a tiny glimpse of the great beyond.Continue reading