By Louie b. Free (Contact)
Published December 16, 2008
* Bear Behaviour
-BEARS ARE PREDICTABLE. Bears are usually more predictable than people. Learn more about bears and how to interpret bear behaviour, so that you can react appropriately and avoid a negative encounter.
-Bears...have very little desire to interact with humans.
Not THIS BEAR and not THIS DAY.
THIS BEAR !! I'm talking about Chief Patrick __*"BEAR"*__ Berarducci, Boardman Township Police Chief. THIS BEAR interacts w/ humans VERY well !
I invited Bear(arducci) and Boardman Twp Trustee Larry Moliterno to appear on the show today to talk about Boardman township's struggles and plans-oh, we did talk a bit about Boardman, but that was NOT the important topic-not today...
Now,please know that I find BOTH of these guy to be very heart-centered, FEELING, REAL MEN- but today, Larry and I AND YOU, if you were listening (if not, you can listen to the archived show w/in a couple of days) heard a story of great sadness and courage.
We learned that THIS Bear had a son who passed away at the age of 20 years. We also learned that THIS Bear's son spent those 20 years in a 'hospital'-never coming home and never able to recognize his father and mother.
Parents usually wonder what their child's first word will be *and* when will their little one say "Mom", or, will it be "Dad" first -not this time, not for this child, not for THIS Bear.
All of the hopes and dreams that a parent has-disappeared.
I cannot imagine all of the pain that THIS BEAR must feel .
All of the pain for TWENTY years. From getting up in the morning w/ a heart full of pain, dragging that pain-filled heart that gets heavier and heavier throughout the day-until bed time and the awful feeling of that pain dragging itself into your dreams. A pain that never ends-__never__. A pain that THIS BEAR carried for TWENTY YEARS and __will__ carry all of his life. From his heroic work as a U.S. ATF agent in the aftermath of the Oklahoma City bombing murders to preserving life in the aftermath of destruction that was Hurricane Katrina
I think of all the lives that the work of THIS BEAR has saved. I think of how THIS BEAR has improved the quality of life throughout his entire career- and all the time, carrying his own pain, a heart-piercing pain that THIS BEAR carried and carries while he helps others.
I was struck by THIS BEARS compassion when he was first on the show w/ me.
He tells us today about forgiveness and the importance of moving forward w/ faith-but I honestly do not know how he does it-but I'm glad he's able to...
I don't really know how or why it came out today.
Before THIS BEAR arrived today, Larry and I were talking about the importance of not judging people-actually,Larry was talking about how someone would react to seeing me for the first time-not knowing what my life-experiences were(what 'cha trying to say there-Larry??)
Little did either one us know what we were about to learn about THIS BEAR.
I know some other families that have lost children at a very young age. I don't know that pain, but I have seen it-I've seen it on their faces when they try to hide it...I saw that again today. I saw it as I learned of THIS BEAR's pain, as WE learned of THIS BEAR's pain...