So after getting off the phone, I was glad I talked with my birth aunt...
I was glad, for her, that she could finally not have to live with the guilt that an argument before a suicide could bring.
I couldn't imagine how that may have felt. I mean, I felt guilt just for being alive and I DIDN'T DO ANYTHING lol Yes, I can laugh about the pain that I went thru with this now, because I finally UNDERSTAND that it's NOT my problem.
Honestly, it took meeting another Aunt, my aunt Rosemary, who everyone called Rosie (and who was my namesake and apparently my birth sister's favorite sister) before I truly got it.
We never met in public. We met on Facebook, and she's since passed away.
I often say I've had several moms. This is not to downplay, in any way, the amount of work my adoptive mother has put in to raising me. (I'm a handful lol) This is just because I have a birth mother, an adoptive mother, a spiritual mother (my Grandmother I call Mema) and an aunt who mothered me.
The topic of my guilt for being born was one of those conversations I had with Rosie at around 10 at night after having a glass of wine. (I don't just bring that up lol)
When the tears started flowing, she was right there practically yelling (all caps) thru the computer screen telling me that it was NOT MY FAULT and that I had NOTHING TO DO WITH IT.
I knew this was true, but it really did take some time and some convincing to get it thru my thick skull :) More later...
Do you see that adorable baby tiger? :) He's (or she's) sooooo cute!!! And look! The baby is drinking a bottle!
Where's mommy? I'm sure mommy isn't able to be here...(these are the thoughts that go thru my crazy brain when I process a picture lol)
It's so sweet that a human being is taking the time to make sure this poor little defenseless animal (for now!) is being nurtured and fed...
With the awwwwws out of the way..now I start to wonder....What's IN that bottle? I bet it's expressed lion's milk...or maybe a formula we made up, because, you know...we humans like to put stuff in powder form so it's convenient. It's especially convenient when you just happen upon a stray lion LOL
Today I'd like to discuss Milk. Milk it does a body good, pass it on. Got Milk?
No thank you.
WHAAAATTTTT you say? You don't drink milk? Where do you get your calcium? Where do you get your vitamin D? We were taught we need milk!!!! WHY DON'T YOU DRINK MILK???
Well for me, it's simple. I took soy formula as a child (apparently allergies to milk) and now that I'm not a child, I don't drink milk anymore.
I'm also not a baby cow. Did you know that cow's milk has the ability to turn a 65 lb calf into a FIFTEEN HUNDRED POUND COW!!!! I don't know about you, but I don't wanna be fifteen hundred pounds.
Let me clear up another thing that isn't something you're going to just hear from the dairy industry.
Milk does NOT do a body good. It is NOT good for strong bones. In fact, it causes brittle bones and hip fractures!!! You have been lied to because milk is a big industry in the United States. So big, you'll see milk show up in the strangest of products.
I'll leave you with this information about milk so you can see, it's not just my opinion...it's fact.
In case you're wondering, I get my calcium thru leafy greens like kale, spinach, and beet greens (YUM) And my body makes vitamin d. I go out in the sun to activate it :)
BUT if you are interested in ditching cow's milk, and you still need some kind of milk to function, because of habit, I know someone who shares recipes.... ;)
If you find you still need something to wet your cereal, something to drink in smoothies, something to bake with...that is a substitute for cow's milk...there are PLENTY of healthy options that taste good as well! You can purchase a variety of "milks" at the store nowadays. I'm not as fond of those options as homemade, because they're being "fortified" by synthetic vitamins and they often add fillers and oils. I prefer, healthwise, that people use the links below if they have the time. These recipes are actually really easy!