Before The Shutdown – A Reflection

This poem titled Before The Shutdown was authored by Akiane kramarik at age 11 in her book titled My Dream Is Bigger Than I – Memories of Tomorrow – Part Four Page 199 “You will need your own copy of this book to view the full text of this poem.  I limit quotes for the purpose of discussion and to follow copyright guidelines that allows for limited quotes.”

This poem titled Before The Shutdown consists of three stanzas with eight lines in the first stanza and five lines in the middle stanza and eight lines in the last stanza…The featured image I choose for this reflection was taken recently of my son who is now twelve years old…Notice my very bad artistic effort to reflect my son’s feelings about his new veggie dish…My son is not a huge fan of veggie dishes and today for Father’s day I prepared a yummy veggie dish with chicken…At the age of twelve my son is a tough customer…All the same he said the meal was decent as far as veggie dishes go…So from my twelve year old I received a rate of six out of ten which is not bad…Could be worse I always say…At least I get my son to eat his veggies…The featured image shows my son who is very cute with his head down because oh no mum wants him to try a new dish…I did get a nice smile from him anyway…Most parents can relate when I tell you this…Later this evening I will be cooking mac and cheese and fish sticks or pizza for my son who loves that kind of food…I do insist on including my son in my meals and also on family time whereby we sit down as a family and have a meal…Other times my son loves to eat in his room…He has his own desk there and it is a quiet space for him to eat and game…He loves to game as well…It is interesting to note that years before Covid-19 hit Akiane wrote a poem at age eleven titled Before The Shutdown…I find that an interesting coincidence…During this pandemic it is hard on families and our children who often cannot socialize as they could before…That is why gaming is an outlet I allow my son to enjoy…I do limit his time gaming and for now he cannot have a smart phone for chats etc…That is temporary as he grows up and gets older and more mature he will be able to do more things…My son is a very good helper…He knows how to start loads of laundry now and he can move the laundry into the dryer and start drying clothing too…He knows to clean the lint first from the dryer…My son is very good with the dog too and he does take out the trash for me on occasion…As my son continues to grow I will be teaching him how to cook…My son can prepare basic dishes now and as he grows I will teach him everything he needs to know about running a home such as cooking laundry cleaning and such…These lessons are very important in addition to schooling in preparing our children for the real world…I do pay my son modest amounts of money for the help he gives me…My son will often ask me to get him rewards things that interest him with his allowance…Allowances are good for growing children because learning how to manage sums of money is another important life skill…Also understanding the value of time and money also helps…I teach my son this lesson…That when he helps me around the house his help frees up time for me to work my job to bring in money to our home with which to reward my son in the form of an allowance…As my son continues to grow up I will continue to keep my son employed with help around the house until he is old enough to get his own job…By the time my son is of age to work he will have a firm grasp of the value of time and money…My son is already learning many values from me his mum…Including the value and importance of eating your veggies…I will now quote from Akiane’s poem…Leaving out a good portion of this poem I will quote the rest here…”It is only a matter of time before you shut down. What matters now is breathing, praying and staying alive. Giving away all you have is much more than keeping it.” Something I like to do are what I call small time humanitarian efforts…I gave a free bus pass to a man who was trying to get to work but could not afford a day bus pass the dollar and change he thought would cover the cost was not enough…A day bus pass where I live costs three dollars and fifty cents so doing small random acts of kindness does not break the bank…It does not take much to be kind to others so I choose to be kind with what little I have to share…I believe Akiane’s poem written a number of years ago applies to mankind today after all everything has shut down due to the pandemic…As a thank you for reading this reflection enjoy my most recent playlist featuring my Father’s Day Special veggie chicken dish which includes free tips on how to make your pet’s dog food more enticing too…I dedicate this post to my own beloved deceased father and to our creator our Heavenly father who created this mighty frame…Not every child has a father…My son does not have a father he is a fatherless child…All the same I insist on celebrating father’s day because I teach my son that he is a blessing a gift to me his mother…That it does not matter how he came into being…What matters most is that my son is here now in this world…I teach my son not to hate his father for to hate others is to drain your energy and when we are full of hate we destroy ourselves from the inside out…Evil works through hate which is how and why many do serious crimes due to vile ugly hatred…Hating evil is a fine thing but doing evil deeds out of hatred is vile banal and criminally insane…There is a lot of criminal banality and insane violence in our world these days…This father’s day let us all celebrate the father’s in our lives both past present and future and our own heavenly father who created this mighty universe planet earth…Let us all be still and know there is a God…………Namaste…………