A Woman's Voice

THOUGHTFUL THURSDAY ~ Child’s Play…Or Is It? (Part II) ~ July 14, 2011 by Dolores Ayotte

Last Thursday I wrote the first part to this article. For those of you who missed it, you can check it out here, Child’s Play…Or Is It? I received a few responses to this post and I thought I would share some of them with you and further elaborate on the original post.

Desiray wrote ~ “I know that story all to well myself. I had friends that did the same thing and it does hurt your feelings because they act as though you are as not important as the other person. But I wasn’t as nice as you sis, I wouldn’t go back. And I stayed mad at that person for a couple of days, and when they would come back and say that they were sorry then I would accept it and we would play again. But I told them if they did it again to me they couldn’t be my friends. I told them ‘I don’t hurt your feelings so don’t hurt mine’. Great post and lesson.”

Barb wrote ~ “Yes, how I remember lessons from childhood and used to spend a great deal of time writing about them. It is so true that many adults do this. I wonder if they even realize it. I’ve felt the sting of being so easily replaced by adults in life and dropped like a hot potato. Very thought-provoking what our childhood experiences can serve upon reflection. Excellent point and story.”

Belinda wrote ~ “Wow, I wonder if Yvette’s mom had any idea that the lesson learned that day would be written about decades later. We should never merely use people then toss them aside.”

When I first wrote this article I almost decided to ‘not’ post it because I wasn’t sure if anyone  would be able to relate to it. After receiving these comments, I realized that many adults still behave in inconsiderate or unkind ways. There are a few words that struck me the most in the above comments. In Desiray’s, it is the feeling of not being “as important as the other person”. Isn’t it strange how some people have the ability to make others feel like they are less important in a relationship? It is as if what they have to offer is inferior to others. I find this very sad.

In Belinda’s response she mentions we shouldn’t use people. This never feels right but to toss people aside after they have served their purpose is not only unkind, it is cruel.  The word that struck me the most in Barb’s comment is the word sting. We all know that when a bee stings, it hurts. All three of these women have honestly admitted that when people treat us as less important, or use us and then toss us aside, or drop us like hot potatoes, it hurts.

Perhaps Barb is right and they don’t even realize what they are doing. I honestly don’t know but I can say this, I agree that this inappropriate behavior can and still does take place by adults. I would also like to add this. If it wasn’t appropriate behavior as a young child like Yvette’s mom so aptly pointed out in last week’s post, it is no more appropriate today. As I previously stated, morals and values never go out of style. What do you think?


SPIRITUAL SATURDAY ~ Simple Things ~ April 23, 2011 by Charles Betts


Somewhere in the mountains falls a tiny drop of rain

It joins a thousand others and begins to form a stream

Their journey through the hills to the valley far below

Is drawn by a force of nature that all creation knows

The streams form a river where people work and live

Enjoying all the pleasures those tiny raindrops give


Far off in the distance someone speaks a gentle word

In our time of trouble it’s the sweetest we have heard

Entering our heart it always helps to bring a smile

Giving us the energy, strength to go another mile

Such are loving words exchanged between two friends

The peace we all long for on such simple things depends


Death and life are in the tongue, choose well the words we say

Bring peace to those around us as we work and live each day

Like the tiny drop of rain, the loving words we speak

Might be the best encouragement a weary soul can seek

Flood the earth with kindness, overflowing all the banks

Do it for God’s glory, and let the people give Him thanks


A Poem By Charles Betts

Aug 25th 2008

Thank you Charles and Happy Easter everyone!

WALK WITH THEM ~ February 19, 2011 by Charles Betts


Everyone needs compassion

From someone they can turn to

Who’s kind enough to listen

When life does not go well

A friend along the journey

A shoulder we can lean on

Strong enough to hold us

When we begin to fall

A haven, a safe harbour

A refuge we can sail to

Where we can find protection

When the waves are crashing in

We all need forgiveness

For sins we have committed

Transgressions in our life time

That have harmed another soul

If we can find repentance

A chance to start all over

Do things so much different

Live life another way

Reach out to a neighbour

Be kind to a stranger

Who struggle on their journey

Walk with them a while

A Poem By Charles Betts

Thanks once again Charles for sharing such an inspirational poem with all of us. Charles has been most generous in sharing several poems with us over the last several weeks. I will continue to share his talent on Saturdays when I receive a poem from him.

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