Dear friends, no mater your religious affiliations or practices, I know you will find strong similarities between the profound ability of a severaly handicapped child to perceive a great spiritual truth and to simply LOVE –and the amazing and ever-growing abilities of our critterly friends on our journey and quest here. Please honor Art at zendictive blog by meditating upon this most wondrous story.

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Jeremy was born with a twisted body and a slow mind. At the age of 12 he was still in second grade, seemingly unable to learn. His teacher, Doris Miller, often became exasperated with him. He would squirm in his seat, drool, and make grunting noises. At other times, he spoke clearly and distinctly, as if a spot of light had penetrated the darkness of his brain. Most of the time, however, Jeremy just irritated his teacher.

One day she called his parents and asked them to come in for a consultation. As the Forresters entered the empty classroom, Doris said to them, “Jeremy really belongs in a special school. It isn’t fair to him to be with younger children who don’t have learning problems. Why, there is a five year gap between his age and that of the other students.”

Mrs. Forrester cried softly into a tissue, while her…

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  1. willowdot21
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 04:26:45

    I always find truth and honesty in Arts storys and I have read this one! Granbee it is so like your critters and unfolks, such purity of heart! xxxxxx

  2. Cat Forsley
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 05:04:35

    HI GRANBEE XO
    I DID AND DO LOVE THIS ART / ZENDICTIVE TALE …..
    YOU ARE SO RIGHT ON WITH REPOSTING IT 🙂
    IT’S SO POIGNANT XO
    LOVE TO YOU ALWAYS XO CAT

    • granbee
      Apr 14, 2012 @ 05:11:13

      Cat, I know you follow Art, anyway–but I knew you would love the idea of reblogging here, to highlight how outward handicaps do not handicap the heart or the spirit!

      • Cat Forsley
        Apr 14, 2012 @ 05:13:01

        HI GRANBEE XO
        YES – I COULDN’T AGREE MORE ………. 🙂
        THE SPIRIT AND HEART ARE FREE – NO MATTER WHAT …..XOXO

        • granbee
          Apr 14, 2012 @ 05:14:08

          Ditto and double ditto, CAt!

          • Cat Forsley
            Apr 14, 2012 @ 05:15:25

            LOVE NEVERENDING ………..:) XO

            • granbee
              Apr 14, 2012 @ 22:09:22

              ETERNAL love, my dear Cat! Have a fabulous weekend!

              • Cat Forsley
                Apr 15, 2012 @ 05:34:42

                YOU TOO GRANBEE ……
                RESTING THIS WEEKEND –
                ALMOST EVERY DAY WITH THE CUTIES AT SCHOOL TODAY I AM WIPED OUT AND GEARING UP – FOR NEXT WEEK 🙂
                REST AND REPOSE XOXOXO
                LOVE XO

                • granbee
                  Apr 16, 2012 @ 23:14:52

                  Refresh, enjoy cuties–HUGS, Sister Cat!

                  • Cat Forsley
                    Apr 17, 2012 @ 02:02:06

                    REFRESHED 🙂
                    HOW ARE YOU ? XO
                    I JUST GOT AN AUDITION FOR WEDNESDAY TO DO PRINT WORK FOR A CAMPAIGN FOR ACCESSIBILITY ONTARIO !
                    SUPER HOPEFUL
                    ASK AND PRAY AND SOMETIMES YOU JUST GET A LITTLE SIGN!!!!
                    SOMEONE VERY KIND REFERED ME FROM BALANCE FOR BLIND ADULTS IN TORONTO 🙂
                    !!!!!!!!
                    PLS TELL ME TO BREAK A LEG FOR WEDNESDAY !
                    I WOULD BE DOING GOOD WORK FOR / MY CAUSE 🙂
                    BLESSINGS AND LOVE XOXOXO
                    AND ALWAYS HOPE !!!!

                    • granbee
                      Apr 17, 2012 @ 02:16:38

                      Break a leg for Wednesday, dear Cat! This cause you work for is so very worthy–and you are so very worthy and brave! We love you, dear heart!

                    • Cat Forsley
                      Apr 17, 2012 @ 02:19:24

                      AWWWW 🙂
                      FUNNY – BUT NOT FUNNY – BECAUSE TWO DAYS AGO I READ ONE OF ART’S POSTS – I WILL TRY TO LINK IT –
                      AND I SO PRAYED THAT I COULD GET AN OPPORTUNITY TO HELP IN WHATEVER WAY I AM MEANT TO – FOR DISABILITIES – SEEN OR UNSEEN !
                      I AM GOING TO FIND HIS POST ……….
                      LOVE YOU GRANBEE ——– YOU HAVE A HEART AS BIG AS AN OCEAN XO

                    • Cat Forsley
                      Apr 17, 2012 @ 02:22:08

                    • granbee
                      Apr 17, 2012 @ 04:04:30

                      Cat, I will be getting to that 04/14/2012 post on zendictive shortly. Thanks for cuing me up! P.S. I just read that post and can see so well what is piercing your heart. You ARE doing wonderful things to benefit the handicapped, dear girl. You know, the other day you commented at another post of mine that you were not concerned about your appearance (something about how your eyes look?) and then I went by a store to pickup some household items and was cashiered by a young woman with a damaged eye who has THE most radiant smile! Everyone prefers her to cash them out over a much more superficially (but grouchy!) attractive young lady. Just had to tell you.

                    • Cat Forsley
                      Apr 17, 2012 @ 07:46:58

                      HI AGAIN …..
                      BECAUSE OCULAR ALBINISM IS AN INVISBLE TO THE EYE – DISABILITY – THIS HAS BEEN THE WEIRDEST JOURYNEY EVER —-MY EYES LOOK PRETTY NORMAL – WHEN I LOST MY RIGHT EYE FULLY IN 2010 – IT STILL LOOKED NORMAL – 9MONTHS LATER IT CAME BACK TO IT’S ORIGINAL 20/400 —-
                      THAT WAS THE BIG MIRACLE GRANBEE ….
                      BECAUSE THAT IS WHEN MY REAL LIFE STARTED ……
                      ALL MY LIFE I HID – AND MY PARENTS MADE A VERY SIMILAR DECISION – LIKE CAROLINE CASEY’S DID ….
                      THEY DID NOT PUT ME IN SPECIAL ED .
                      AS I KID I ADAPTED – WAS TEASED A LOT BECAUSE OF SKIN THAT IS VERY VERY WHITE – SO IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY INTO MY EYES – THERE IS NYSTAGMUS – WHICH IS AN INVOLUNTARY MOVEMENT OF THE EYE……
                      WHICH I HAD AND HID AS A CHILD AND TEEN AND UP TIL 2 YEARS AGO – I WOULD NEVER LOOK ANYONE IN THE EYE .
                      WHEN I LOST MY RIGHT EYE IN MARCH 2010 – I WAS REALLY ANGRY – AT EVERYTHING – SERIOUSLY I WAS TERRIBLE TO BE AROUND – BECAUSE I WAS WORKING ON 4%100 ON 1 EYE AND I DIDN’T THIS EVER ANTICIPATE THIS HAPPENING –
                      THE DOCS HAD TOLD MY PARENTS THIS COULD OCUR – AND THEY DIDN’T TELL ME .
                      SO IT WAS FULL ON EMOTIONAL PAIN FOR A LONG TIME ….
                      A WEEK BEFORE MY SISTERS BABY WAS BORN – LILY EDEN …… I WOKE UP ONE MORNING AND EVERYTHING WAS THE WAY IT WAS BEFORE .
                      I RAN TO MY NEIGHBOUR’S APARTMENT AND YELLED HEY!!!!! I CAN SEE …..
                      WHAT WAS ALSO AMAZING WAS THAT – MY SISTER CAROLINE WAS SUPPOSED TO DELIVER THAT DAY ……
                      THE BABY ANGEL CAME 1 WEEK LATER ….

                      AND BIOLOGICALLY – FROM ALL THE TESTS – LIKE – DID I HAVE A STROKE – ? ALL THAT KINDA STUFF . THERE WAS NO MEDICAL REASON —- EXPLANATION WHY – WHY I LOST MY EYE – FULL SIGHT FOR 9 MONTHS AND WHY I REGAINED IT .
                      SO ———- MIRACLE UPON MIRACLE
                      SO – NOW THAT I HAVE TOLD YOU SO MUCH !!!! LOL
                      MY GOODNESS – THERE IS MORE –
                      2011 WAS HARD PHYSICALLY AS WELL ….
                      BUT DURING SUMMER – MY FAITH BECAME CENTERED
                      AND SLOWLY SLOWLY ——- EVERYTHING BECAME TO MAKE SENSE ……
                      PEACEFUL
                      AND REALLY UNDERSTANDING OF WHOM I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN …..
                      IT JUST TOOK 2010 TO WAKE MY LIFE HEART UP…..
                      IT DID ……
                      AND I AM SO GRATEFUL …..
                      XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXO

                    • granbee
                      Apr 17, 2012 @ 22:27:52

                      Cat, bless your dear heart for sharing so openly here about your vision ups and downs! I really think Lily Eden was sent from heaven to you bearing the gift of renewed sight! You know, so many of my blogging friends talk about their faith renewal/conversion experiences either in spring or summer of 2011–and I finally responded to the prodding of my adult children and started blogging and writing again every day just the the time when summer ended officially–autumnal equinox at end of third week in September of 2011! Amazing! I am blown away! LOVE YOU so much, dear sister Cat!

                  • Cat Forsley
                    Apr 18, 2012 @ 07:29:04

                    YES GRANBEE – YOU SO GET IT ! LILY EDEN IS / WAS THE LITTLE MIRACLE WORKER – I DO SHARE OPENLY BECAUSE – I HAVE ONLY MY HEART TO SHOW . THAT’S IT THAT’S ALL ……
                    LILY EDEN WAS BORN WITH A GENTIC CONDITION AS WELL – I WON;T GET TOO MUCH INTO IT – BUT HERS IS OF THE KIDNEYS …. AND SHE IS ONLY 16MONTHS NOW – SO – YES WELL- YOU SEE WHY I CONNECTED ALL THIS .,
                    THIS CHILD IS A MIRACLE – AND I AM HERE FOR MY SISTER AS A SISTER CAN BE – SHE HAS A WONDERFUL MAN IN HER LIFE – SO I AM VERY HAPPY FOR HER –
                    SO YES TO LILY EDEN AND YES TO FAMILY AND YES TO MIRACLES AND YES TO GOD EVERY DAY —— ANYONE THAT DOESN’T SEE MIRACLES IS BLINDER THAN I AM – AND I HAVE HAD A LONG DAY SO I HOPE I DON’T SOUND TOO COARSE …….. BUT SERIOUSLY EVERY MINUTE WE HAVE ON EARTH IS A GIFT – IT’S OUR CHOICE TO EITHER SEE IT OR NOT .
                    WITH THE HEART AND SOUL – THAT’S IT AND THAT;S ALL …….
                    YOU MAKE THE BEST OF WHAT YOU HAVE IN LIFE – YOU ARE GRATEFUL – YOU DO THE BEST YOU CAN – AND YOU LOVE ……….. WHAT ELSE IS THERE 🙂 XO BLESS YOU TOO AND XOXO SEE YOU SOON XOXO

                    • granbee
                      Apr 19, 2012 @ 02:42:00

                      Cat, I just starting praying for Lily Eden and her kidney issues. How wonderfully close you seem to your sister–you and your family are living out the Resurrection Story–New Life for all who seek His Light and walk in His ways! Love you, Cat.

  3. Miro
    Apr 14, 2012 @ 19:36:12

    It seems the less we have and the more discomfort we are forced to deal with, the more in touch we become with our spirituality. Beautiful story.

  4. lscotthoughts
    Apr 20, 2012 @ 05:37:19

    Oh, what a beautiful story, Rose, and this brought tears to my eyes…Jeremy teaches us not to underestimate anyone for any reason…they may have more wisdom, compassion and understanding than we do~ xo

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