Shelter From The Heat

Arbor - Latin, meaning 🌲
God Loves Trees Too

In September we experienced severe heatwaves which was abnormal and brutal. For three days on a stretch the sun bombarded us with recording heat, enough to scramble eggs. Some loved it, others hated it; others, didn’t mind or care.

As I walked on our neighborhood street, I was thankful for every tree that shaded me along my way. From the strong and humble Weeping Willow  to the common yet stable Marple, or Oak. I was prayful that our street is laden with so much variety and shade. For I know what it’s like to walk in the scourging sun, no trees in sight for a long time… drinking your last drop of water just hoping that there is shade ahead. #Unbearable.

Trees Beautiful Trees
#ArborDays #TreesMatter

As a non-active Early Childhood Educator, I am free to teach my 7 year old daughter about nature-especially the botany in our community. I have a facination with the landscapes and the natural foliages of a city. I have never planted a tree in Canada yet; however, I always try to have flowers  and a kitchen garden. I’m thankful for all the people who have great regards for the trees in their immediate neighborhood.  My hope is to participate on Canada’s Arbor Day by helping to plant trees. 

#TreesMatter🌲🌳🌴

Happy Planting!

jjf (c) 2017

Stop Hyperventilating!

Art by Sophia Age 5

I named this piece-Internal Explosion

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The earth’s is the LORD’s and the fullness thereof, the world, and they that dwell therein. Psalm 24:1

Not a poem, just my thoughts.

 

 Stop Hyperventilating!

By jjf

 

Yes! There is pure madness around us today.

Yes! You look around and all you see is sadness.

Yes! No one’s listening to truth anymore.

Yes! The government do not care about the poor.

Yes! You were left on Mr and Mrs. Foster’s step.

Yes! You are still here.

You hoped that someday the nightmare will end, that someone will spare

Their time to remove the frown glued in your forehead

Your hope is that neither mother nor father is dead

Yet they are no where to be found.

Pause.

Yes, you are asking, ‘What’s wrong with us today?’

Yes, our children have gone astray.

Yes, preditors are injecting poison in their veins.

Yes, they are left to fend for themselves; some in the deepest drains.

And.

Yes, your neighbor slandered your name and shame wants to be your new fame.

Yes, there are unsure decisions;

Yes, another was chosen instead to hold your dream and you scream,

The end is near…

Terrorism is on the rise.

Yes… you sigh, close your eyes, and wish all the bad away.

Your senses are numb to the voice of faith

While the Doctor keeps saying,

‘Stop hyperventilating, I Am in control!’

Yes, rest your soul.

(C)07/2017 jjf

There’s Hope

A Thought

by jjf

 

Oh the beauty of the little things that come to pause for a moment. There is still hope for the butterflies, they shall not die but fulfill their preodained destiny. They are a reminder that all things great and small; the Lord God made them all.

#Butterflies #nature #thoughts #spurofthemoment

 

Dear Canada

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An Open Letter of Gratitude to Canada

Dear Canada:

It all begun when I was asked by my cousin to travel with her to Ottawa. I had one week to prepare. Thank God that in 1992, you allowed the Islands of the British CommonWealth to come to your shores with only an approved passport. We didn’t have to travel to Barbados to obtain a visa for visiting relatives and friends who had already settled in your land. Irony is, now that I am Canadian; many have no clue where St.Lucia is on the map. Today you’ve granted me the privilege to apply dual history and culture.

I was fortunate to have landed on one of your most prestigious airports, Pearson International in Toronto.  After our passports were stamped with all kinds of important information, we made our way to the vast space to wait endlessly to be taken to Ottawa. As we waited for what seemed like forever; for the strangers whom we’ve never met before to pick us up from your capital, I couldn’t help but observe that you had all kinds of strange people in your land: people whom I have never recognized or seen before in my homeland of St.Lucia. My eyes opened so wide that I had no time to take a nap or to sit still after our 5 hours plane ride. The energy of so many nations moving in all directions simply mesmerized me.

At 26 years old you were my first virgin flight, I arrived on your  land  in the cold month of April. It seem ordained that I had to come to you for the other two and half decades of my life. The Creator had a greater plan for my life and for you O Canada; for you have taught me things that no other nation on earth could have taught me. You transformed me into a strong, mature, and confident Afro-Caribbean-Canadian woman. You chose to adopt me, engrafting me into your culture, your people, and your landscape.

It was not easy at the beginning but you made it possible for me to see my way through the many languages,accents, dialects, which my ears had to get adjusted too. You’ve allowed me to walk through your educational institutions without discrimination, and if it existed while I was there, I didn’t dwell there, for I knew that my new motherland was greater than the ideology of an oaf; her approach is that of dignity and the value placed on human lives.

Because of you I have made friends or met others along my way from various countries on earth. You showed me how to be kind by the way you show kindness to all who come to you  for refuge.  You are a harbour where the hurting and the dying come for refuge; and you give hope to  they that have dreams and want to soar.

In this great year 2017, as you celebrate 150 years of standing for peace, love and quality (equality); I want to express my heartfelt gratitude to you for creating policies with me in mind. For giving me the privilege to have access to social services, health care, and continuous education. I want to say thank you for providing for my two daughters whose navel cords are buried in your soil. Thank you for opening new doors for me. Thank you for being one of the best countries in the world.

Stay safe Canada, you are loved!

Sincerely yours,

New Citizen

jjf ©  2017