Saturday, February 6, 2010

LIFE mismeasured...


In light of this weekend’s Superbowl ad featuring Tim Tebow promoting life and his mother’s ultimate choice to thankfully give him life, my dream last night seems less than coincidental in its timing...

I dreamed I saw some assembly line, factory like work taking place in a basement setting... where little balloons were being filled from the taps of huge vats and tossed into massive containers... When I looked closer, I saw the little balloons each had writing on them, and I saw very clearly one of them up close which read “½ infant.” The two men I saw filling, tying and tossing the balloons were completely disengaged from what they were doing. One was engrossed in a meaningless book while the other was joking around talking worthless nonsense. Then I woke up... with a heavy heart as I understood this dream... of '1/2 infants' being discarded in mass graves by a generation completely disconnected from the value and meaning of life. I then fell back asleep and saw a tall, handsome, black man wearing clothing so small his shirt sleeves and pant legs were at 3/4 length on him... When I woke up, I knew it somehow followed on the shirttails of Tim Tebow symbolizing another great man (see below) who could have been tossed in the 3/4 size container but instead was given life and a big, beautiful dose of it... Finally, I fell asleep and saw some very grave words about the consequences of our 'choice' as a nation... When I woke up this time, I couldn't help wondering if the tall, handsome, black man in the undersized clothes had a double meaning-- also symbolizing our nation's leading proponent of 'choice' as a man grown 'too big for his britches...'

Finally I remembered Michael Landon who played America’s favorite father on “Little House on the Prairie” as well as an angel on “Highway to Heaven.” Fans of “Little House” will remember that Michael Landon called his daughter (Melissa Gilbert) ‘half-pint’... I looked it up out of curiosity to see what I might find and discovered for the first time that Melissa Gilbert was adopted... after her mother, as well, made a difficult but courageous choice... and graced the world with another ‘half-pint’ grown to the height of the stars... by simply allowing LIFE...