A Lighter View . . . A miracle, a blessing, A gift from God

A Lighter View . . . A miracle, a blessing, A gift from God

By Karen M. Morris

By Karen M. Morris

Freelance Writer

I’m the mother of three, and having a litter this size has countless advantages. Besides getting group discounts, I’m bathed with luxurious gifts on Mother’s Day. Plaster casts of hands, clay ash trays, and bars of soap carved into the shape of smaller bars of soap.

This year, I received a gift I’ve prayed for since my youngest son was three. He wrote a speech, gave it in front of an audience, and won first place in an oratorical contest. My prayers were not about him becoming an award winning speaker, but that someday he’d have the courage to voice his convictions aloud. Morry has a noticeable speech impediment.

Morry was our “bonus boy.” An affable child with an infectious smile, who overlooked our flaws and made us feel special. He would need those qualities to help him through the hard times that lay ahead.

My first two children were born chattering like magpies, but not Morry. I assumed his lack of speech was due to being the baby of the family, and I tried not to worry. By the age of three, he spoke very little, and the few words he did say were garbled. I realized this wasn’t a phase he would outgrow. Morry needed help.

He was enrolled in a school that specialized in helping kids with speech disorders. Two years later, we delayed his start into kindergarten. He would spend the next 10 years in speech therapy. His nights were spent doing tongue exercises and practicing sounds and words that most people say without thinking.

In public school, he made friends with kids in sports and orchestra, where he could share his interests without speaking. His friends protected him from kids who didn’t understand what Morry was like on the inside. But his friends weren’t always around. In other classes, he’d sit quietly while bullies entertained themselves by making ape sounds and gestures as they danced around him. And lunch time was worse, as kids filled their mouths with food and imitated Morry. He’d try to laugh it off and say that the kids didn’t really mean to hurt him. The outside world was no better. Clerks in stores ignored him, and strangers corrected his pronunciation and scolded him.

Our whole world changed when my husband accepted a new position that would require us to relocate. The night before we moved, I found Morry crying, and this is what he told me. “I’m worried about the new school and leaving my friends. What if the kids are worse there, and I can’t make any new friends? Mom, I go to bed at night and tell myself to forget everything that happened during the day. That’s the only way I can wake up and face a new day. But what if it’s worse?”

We held each other and cried. Then we prayed for strength. Things were rough for Morry at the new school, but God gave him wonderful, new friends…and strength. Slowly, others began to see beyond his impediment and witness the brilliance that shines from his heart. This gave him the courage to enter an oratorical contest.

When Morry was younger, I always asked him the same question before he went to bed “What are you?” And he would answer, “A miracle, a blessing, a gift from God.”…and that he truly is.

If I Could Change The World

By Morry Morris

If I could change the world, I would change people’s hearts. Why would I do this, you ask? I would do this because prejudice, persecution, suffering, and war all come from people with self-serving hearts.

So now you ask, how can you change a person’s heart? I would work at educating the people. I would teach them the value of human life, and not just theirs. The old, the young, the sick, and the lonely would all be looked at as people of worth and people who could contribute to make this a better world. I would teach them the importance of loving and caring about others. It has been proven that if babies are not loved, they could die…from lack of love. When young people feel unloved, they feel like failures. And when old people feel unloved, they think of themselves…as a burden.

Next, I would show them how negative hatred is. Hatred results when we are hurt emotionally or physically by a group or an individual. Hatred can be avoided by simply listening to each other. Hatred produces prejudice, persecution, and suffering.

Prejudice is a result of misinformation that we believe is fact. To stop this from happening, we should confirm what is true and what is not. Just because a person is a different religion or race doesn’t make him evil. Just because a person is handicapped does not mean he cannot help you. And just because a person is considered too unattractive to be on the cover of a magazine does not mean he cannot be a beautiful friend.

Persecution happens when someone is different and we fear them. When we persecute others, it is because we have not learned to appreciate their differences. With changed hearts, we would value life and love others like we do ourselves, and we wouldn’t attack innocent people whose only crime is being different.

Suffering happens when we are too busy to notice other people’s needs…or it can be as a result of something we have done. There wouldn’t be any homeless people because we would open our hearts, and homes to them. With changed hearts there would be longer lines of volunteers at food shelters than lines of hungry people. And nursing homes would be busier than the mall because everyone would want to visit an older person and learn from them.

In the end, selfish hearts bring on war, and war brings on death and destruction. Changed hearts would stop war between countries, religions, neighbors, and families. There would be no more blood shed and violence. There would be no more threat of terrorists. The world would be at peace.

Anger, pollution, famine and disease could all be avoided in this new world of peace. You might be wondering why pollution and famine are part of this change. If there were no war, then countries could unite together and use their forces for good instead of evil.

If they did that, then they could find a better way to decrease pollution. They could share their technology and stop famine by growing food in places where food has never grown. Deserts or uninhabited parts of the world would be able to support human life as our scientists would be studying ways to grow food in those areas rather than building bombs to destroy them.

With these breakthroughs in technology, diseases that kill millions of people, like cancer, could be treated and cured because our time would be spent working together rather than fighting against each other.

In conclusion, I would change people’s hearts so that no one would be considered more important than the next person, and everyone would be considered valuable. If this happened, love would replace hate. Prejudice, persecution, suffering, and war would become extinct. Abundant food, improved health, and peace would be universal. I think that this could be one of the best ideas I thought of to change the world and hope you think the same.

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