19 August 2016

Friendly Fill-Ins - 19 August 2016

This is a fun meme co-hosted by McGuffy's Reader and 15 and Meowing. Be sure to visit and join in the fun!


Here are the fill-in-the-blanks:

1. When I run out of ___________________, I use ___________________ instead.
2. My guru is _______________.
3. I am afraid of ______________________.
4. I feel empowered ________________________

Here are my responses:

1. When I run out of words, I use music to voice my feelings instead.

2. My guru is….I have no idea. I don't think that I really have a guru for anything these days. When I was a kid, I guess my Uncle Bobby would have been my guru of sorts. He was a preacher and did his best to guide me in the right direction. My grandparents and my Aunt Mae did what they could to be my spiritual guides, too. They taught me much. Uncle Bobby is a thousand miles away at this point and my grandparents are in Heaven now. The Bible is my guide these days, as well as friends that are more versed in the Bible than I am.

3. I am afraid of being deserted, unneeded, and being tossed into a corner like I'm nothing like folks did to my grandma when she was nearing the end of her battle with Alzheimer's. Someone even had the nerve to tell me that I didn't have to talk to her, that she didn't know anything anyway. That still angers me to this day and scares me thinking that someday someone is going to think about me and treat me the same way. I am afraid of the way that Death will come for me, though I am not afraid of dying.

4. I feel empowered…I don't really feel empowered by or about anything at this very moment. I am actually feeling kind of weak and hopelessly lost, not knowing which way to turn.

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  1. Very interesting answers, David. Wishing you a wonderful weekend, sir!

    1. Thank you, Keith.

      Sorry for any confusion. This is Suzanne's (my) blog. I am just advertising David's YouTube channel for him, so that's why his picture is here. David's blog is Random Thoughts and Observations.

      Have a great weekend.

    2. PS Thank you for the happy birthday message that you gave to David for me. Have a blessed weekend.

  2. Thank you for participating in the fill-ins. I am very sorry you feel weak right now. I wish you could see how strong you are in caring for your husband and raising wonderful children. That is sad about your grandmother. XO

    1. Thank you, Ellen. Right now I think that I am just very sad that Davey isn't home and that he's going onto a ship with no internet access, and that makes him feel even farther away. Thank you for your encouragement.

      I felt very sad and angry for my grandma. It still makes me angry thinking about how she was treated.

      Thanks for co-hosting the fill-ins with Annie and being such a sweet person. Have a blessed weekend.

  3. Ooooh! Good answer when you run out of words you use music instead - that's perfect!

    Oh your poor grandma! After having witnessed that, I would totally be afraid of that happening as well. Nobody better put Annie in the corner!! :)

    I had the same conundrum over the guru question - I like your answer! :)

    I'm sorry you're not feeling very empowered - if it helps any, you are not alone... ((HUGZ!!))

    Substitutions, Gurus, Fear and Empowerment – just some Fun Friendly Fill-Ins on a Friday!

    1. Thank you for your kind comments regarding my answers, especially regarding my grandma. She was, in every way, a beautiful woman.

      I am sorry if you aren't feeling empowered either. I wonder what we can do to change this for ourselves?

      Have a blessed weekend. :)

  4. I am here. And as long at there is a breath of life in my body, you will NOT be ignored.

    1. Thank you. I hope that will be the case when the time comes.

  5. The people we grew up learning from have mostly left us now, but we can carry their wisdom in our hearts! They gave us a foundation of right from wrong and how to treat people.

    I share your worries about what happens when we become very old. I know that my children will do their very best for us if they are here and able, but I've seen and read too much about what happens that even families aren't always aware of. Our society as a whole needs to relearn to value the elders in each family. I loved David's response to you! We can all support and look after each other too, so no one feels hopeless and alone. I see you as empowered in that you stay strong for David, and you care about other people. I wish everyone was empowered in that way!

    1. Oh yes, they continue to live and teach through us as we pass their wisdom on down to our children. I can still hear my grandma and grandpa explaining to me about the hot coals of conviction and praying for our enemies.

      There are horrible things that go on out there against the elderly, and sometimes these things are done by their own family members. It is horrible. :( I agree with you that people need to realize the value of the elderly and their place in our lives and ours in theirs. So much is lost when we lose them.

      Thank you. He says some really sweet things sometimes. :)
      Lots of folks have told me over the years that I am strong. I wish that I felt strong. Most of the time I feel like I'm on the edge of cliff, just waiting for something or someone to come along and push me on over the edge. But, somehow I do survive whatever test comes along.
      Thank you for your encouragement and your comments. Have a blessed weekend!

  6. It sad and troublesome the way the elderly, anyone, are treated when they are unable to care for themselves. Wonderful that you were one who did continue to see her as a person of worth. The fact that you endure and continue on in spite of how you may feel or be thinking proves that you are indeed an empowered woman.

    1. I agree. The way the vulnerable are treated these days makes it very scary to think of when we will become vulnerable, too. I could never have thought badly about my grandma. She was my rock and I never had to doubt her love for me. In my eyes, she was a much bigger person than the ones that treated her so badly could ever hope to be.

      Thank you for your encouragement, Patrica.

      Have a blessed evening. :)

  7. Great answers ... as per 4, I always feel better when I turn off the news.

    1. I can understand that. The news these days often is full of bad, sad, or generally very upsetting things. I don't like to watch it, so I don't. It is always on the TV screen at our bank, though, so I do see it there and it almost caused a melt down, too, when the reports came across about the Marine training helicopter crashing and the boys being missing. I had a very hard time not having a major freak out even though it wasn't in the area where Davey was supposed to be.

      If a person wanted to have nightmares, the news is a great place to find the prompters for them, that's for sure.

      Have a great evening. :)

  8. This made me sad, Suzanne.I hope that your late years are warm and wonderful. Hugs.
    Thanks for being a part of Friendly Fill-Ins. We appreciate it! I always read the answers on Friday and then try to get back to them as soon as possible. Things will settle down as we get into Fall. Hugs. Annie at ~McGuffy's Reader~

    1. I'm sorry that I made you sad, Annie. {{{Hugs}}} What happened with my grandma still troubles me very much and she's been gone for 23 years now.

      Thank you for co-hosting the fill-ins. I enjoy them very much. I know you're doing what you can do and I don't expect any more than that. I'll be here. :)

      I hope that you're feeling better. Have a blessed week.


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