Sunday, April 10, 2011

For The Children








"Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you.

And although they are with you yet they belong not to you."

Kahlil Gibran



I went to a beautiful garden today. It was joyful and full of hope. That's because it was a pinwheel garden. Pinwheels are the new national symbol of child abuse prevention, and many cities all over the country are planting pinwheel gardens for the month of April. These pinwheels were planted by children, with some assistance from others. The blue ribbon is a symbol for everyone to care about the needs of children. In my state of Virginia, forty four children died last year from injuries involving abuse or neglect from people they knew and trusted. Forty of them were under four. If we think a child is being neglected or abused, we should not be silent. We need to call the local social services department. The parent guidance hotline is 800-CHILDREN. For the children.



"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. " Mark 10:14

35 comments:

Regina said...

Pinwheels really do speak of children.. I loved them and this of course is so sad!! I just saw the stats on abortion too..guess it speaks volumes on value? Anyway, a perfect quote and verse Ginny-

Mildred said...

Thank you for sharing this important reminder Ginny.

Arti said...

This is so beautiful and done for such a noble cause, we should all be alert, aware and never let anyone get away with any wrongs....The quote truly gives out a message in the most wonderful way!
Have a great day Ginny :)

SquirrelQueen said...

What a wonderful way to bring attention to this cause. You are so right Ginny, we should never be silent if we suspect a child is being hurt or neglected.

yunims said...

Apparently you are a fan of Gibran Kahlil Gibran. My husband and I have never let the violence against children in our neighborhood. We do not intend to interfere with the neighbors, but if it came to physical violence against their children, we can not remain silent.

Ann said...

I learnt as a child to make the 4 blade pinwheels. These are incredible.

In New Zealand, there is a certain group who abuse children more than others.

Melanie said...

Thank you, Ginny. I didn't know this information. I think the pinwheel is a wonderful symbol for children.
It is so sad to think of all the children who are neglected and abused, especially by the hands of those who are supposed to protect them.
Your pictures are beautiful, as always. :)

Lisa @ Two Bears Farm said...

I didn't realize this about pinwheels. My first job out of college was doing investigations for CPS in Houston. It was such a sad job.

DawnTreader said...

What a clever idea making the pinwheel a symbol. Except for your blog I can't remember when I last saw one but I remember them from my childhood.

Sandra said...

your blog shouts joy and lets your light shine today. love the header and background combo. what a wonderful garden. no better thing to represent children than a pinwheel. great post ginny and thanks for reminding us

S. Etole said...

What a poignant reminder ... thank you for this.

reanaclaire said...

Good reminder, Ginny.. love this post.. the blue signifies love..

Velvet Over Steel said...

How awesome! Children are our future and I long for the days of a 'Village' helping to raise them.. :-) Love this post, Ginny!

Have a Beautiful Day!
Hugs,
Coreen xoxo

Remington said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Shug said...

How wonderful! I did not know that the pinwheel is the new National symbol for this cause. Good choice I would say. Beautiful quote Ginny.
We should each be troubled by the fact that there is so much child abuse in our country. These children need our help and definitely need our prayers....
Have a good day Ginny...

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Hi Ginny, Beautiful post with a great message today. Love your header and background.

I love pinwheels --and what a wonderful cause. We do need to take care of the children. Child abuse is rampant.

Thanks for such a great post.
Hugs,
Betsy

Stephanie V said...

Loving pinwheels as I do, I think this is a perfect symbol for the right of children to live life without fear.
A beautiful garden, indeed.

George said...

I think this is a wonderful idea, although this is the first that I've heard of it. The Pinwheel Garden is beautiful.
Thanks for calling attention to this problem which is often swept under the rug.

From the Kitchen said...

It seems that most days, the Chicago Tribune carries at least one story of child abuse. So very sad that precious children are victims. What a lovely way to recognize the problem.

Best,
Bonnie

Tracy said...

That is beautiful Ginny...and a lovely display of compassion of others. 44 is too many; one is too many! I love the quote and the verse you've inserted.
In my days of teaching I've had to report one too many....heart breaking!

wildlifewatcher said...

Hi Ginny, Nice post with a wonderful message. Have an excellent day today!

Joanne said...

What a lovely idea. Bittersweet. My heart breaks for all those children. Blessings, Joanne

Linda M. said...

Great post Ginny, I didn't realize pinwheels were being used in this way.My husband and I were foster parents for many years. I love the quote you used from Gibran.

yunims said...

(forgive me, this is my answer to your question)
Hi Ginny, I became a winner in Jogja Fashion Week in October 2010. I am a winner because in making the clothes I only use fabric that are woven manually by the women in the countryside. I also use a batik cloth made ​​by my mother in law. But after the victory was a decline in bookings. My customers think I'm going to raise prices. Though not at all. The condition of our society is very difficult. People would rather prioritize the problem of food rather than clothes. If in the capital city (Jakarta), the crisis is not so perceived. But the economy is very sluggish in the regions. Moreover, our city just hit by volcanic eruption a few months ago. Still need time and the struggle for the next few months. Hoping all the best for you and family.

Bobbi said...

This is beautiful, Ginny. What a wonderful thing! And let us remember too, that child abuse can come in many forms. Emotional child abuse and Parental alienation is an abuse that is not seen, but lives on in children following them into their adult lives. They are never the same.

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

I love pinwheels almost as much as I love ....oh I can't tell you what they are yet ....those things on my post today. So pretty. The blue is incredible.

Chatty Crone said...

Oh my goodness Ginny - why didn't I know about this - pinwheels are the national symbol? I had NO idea what so ever. And that garden full of them was so beautiful. I learn something new every single day of my life!

Thank you so much for sharing this - it is a cause near and dear to my heart!

sandie

srp said...

What a wonderful garden indeed... I always loved pinwheels!!!

Ann said...

A beautiful garden not only for the color but for what it stands for. I hadn't heard about the pinwheels.

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

This garden is pretty,but what it stands for or against is so ugly.The children are innocent and should not be abused,EVER.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Beautiful post, Ginny.I'm so glad that more effort is bring made world wide t end child abuse. So much still needs to be done.

LV said...

What a wonderful post. That is such a great idea for those children. It is so sad when families bring the precious ones into the world and mistreat them. So sad.

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LC said...

Loved this post and the happy photo blues, but blogger wouldn't let me in to comment yesterday! And your blog only! Still haven't figured it out but Sandra has given me an idea to track down.

Deborah said...

Ginny, I did not know this, I love the pinwheels and now it will have a symbol with it! How anyone can hurt a child is far beyond my reach.
xxoo
Deborah