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Image Spotlight: Ella (Starlight1153)
By Nancy Polanski on June 9, 2014

The Who's Who Spotlight cubit is pleased to return for a special interview. We would like to introduce you to someone who is probably already an old friend. Does the term Piggy Swap sound familiar? If so, you have no doubt been to Ella's Garden Cubit. I gave Ella an open invitation long ago, and she has finally consented to share her life, her hardships and her joys, with you all. Here she is, in her own words, with no interruptions from me.

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Jun 8, 2014 6:41 PM CST
Name: Brenda Essig
Rio Dell, CA
Star, you made us wait much too long but you were/are worth waiting for Thumbs up Lovey dubby
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Jun 9, 2014 2:21 AM CST
Name: Vicki
North Carolina
God BLESS you Star - you touched my heart and made me cry. You truly are a survivor. Group hug Group hug
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Jun 9, 2014 6:13 AM CST
Name: Barb Jenkins
Hillsborough, NH
What an amazing woman you are Star. God surely knew what He had in you. Planting some seeds just for you!!!! Group hug Group hug
Jun 9, 2014 7:31 AM CST
Name: Margaret
Delta KY
I'm A Charley's Girl For Sure
Ella your story was worth waiting for. It touched my heart and made me think surviving what you have is much harder than surviving cancer.
May God bless you for the rest of your life and let you help as many people and animals as you can.
Jun 9, 2014 8:18 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
Texas Gardening Cubit
I have no idea what caused me to click here, but I'm so glad I did. What a story, what a life. I admire you for going through the storm and coming out into the sunshine. As I read your life story, I winced at parts. So much responsibility and pain for a child.

You certainly need to share your story. There are young people who would be inspired to keep trying to get up, even when they are being pushed down. I used to volunteer to cook for the homeless teens here in downtown Austin. They all had a story, but most that I talked with had pasts eerily like yours. I once offered to call one of the girls parents just to let them know she was okay. She let me know in no uncertain terms that they were the reason she was homeless.

Jun 9, 2014 8:32 AM CST
Name: Becky Capps
Phoenix, AZ 85022
finding joy one day at a time!
Ella, I have tears rolling down my cheeks. You are not just a survivor but a woman of great strength and faith in the Lord. I admire you so much!
Jun 9, 2014 11:22 AM CST
Name: starlight1153 Zone 8a/b
Just getting back online for a few before the storms come again. Went and delivered some veggie plants to a senior who wants to try and grow a bit of food since her medicine is so expensive. While I was there I seen the weeds she had and pulled a bunch of them since she can't and she didn't know if the one huge wed was poison oak or not ad I didn't either, but I guess I will find out soon enough. Wonder how long it takes to know? Life is such an adventure. Especially for me. Hilarious!

Zany.... Ya,, well my shoes was stuck in the mud for awhile. Whistling *Blush* Seems I always either bringing up the rear, or in this case, maybe I am the first since it been awhile since we have had Spotlight stories. Whistling

I missed reading about other folks. It was something I looked forward to every week. So I got to chatting with another cubiteer and in the process of trying to get other folks to give the Spotlight a try, I got myself hogtied. Rolling on the floor laughing

I hope other folks will go ahead and send off a Spotlight about themselves. It doesn't hurt and if you not sure what to write about, well you can ask Nap and she'll help get ya started. Write about your likes, dislikes , wishes, dreams. She's an awesome lady. She don't bite, nibble at at your ankles or anything. She one of the most patient people I know.

I've meet so many folks from the Spotlight stories. Such interesting lives and hobbies some folks have. Even if you think your life is boring, your wrong. There always some little thing that somebody else can relate too or learn new about or get inspired from.

I do have to thank Nap for going through and correcting all my spelling so it was readable. If ya know me ya know I hardly ever am able to type anything without my dyslexia showing up. *Blush*

What I am is like you all. I trying to get through each day as best as I can. Ain't too much of the bad in this life that I haven't experienced. This spotlight just touches the surface. When I was younger I used to wonder all the time, "Why me? What did I do that was so wrong that I suffering so much." It wasn't til I got a bit older that I realized everything was for a purpose and a reason. That evrything I had experienced, and evrything that I still am is so that I have a testimony for others that may be going through the same situations.

I know that God was always my constant friend and companion, but so many earthly angels hands were there along the way to help pick me up and dust me off. In the old days, folks used to take time to help one another. They genuinely cared about their neighbors and the folks they met. Now a days, it seems evrybody is so busy being glued to a cell phone that they have forgotten what a real handshake or a hug feels like.

It's getting tougher and tougher to survive from day to day it seems any more. There so much abuse and so many folks that are being neglected that need help. No one person can help everybody, but it is amazing what one person can do.

You don't have to be rich to lend an ear to somebody who is having a down day. It don't cost nothing , except maybe 3 seconds of your life to reach out and just for the heck of it give somebody a hug or a smile and say a kind word. It doesn't cost anything to share your talents or your hobbies with another person. It doesn't cost anything other than a bit of time to be a mentor.

It was a frail looking, barely bigger than a minuter, elderly lady that taught me how to ice skate. I was always afraid when I fell I would squish her, but she'd reach down, pick me up and off again she would have me going.

While I never get the hang of quilting, another person taught me how to crochet, since didn't have any needles, with my fingers to make slippers, scarfs and a hat to keep me warm when I was living on the streets. It amazing what little things you may think are unimportant that shared can make a major difference in somebody's life.

People spend a fortune buying junk food and soda pops during the week. Do you know that if everybody would take even one days worth of junk food money and go buy a couple of cans of food or better yet even a few fresh veggies that you may be starving off hunger for somebody that day. If your a 3 soda person a day, that several folks you can help. Big Grin

During the fall, when the crops come in I'll take several squash, a few cukes and some tomatoes and fill paper bag after paper bag with the veggies and run around and deliver it to folks in need. Try it sometime and watch the smiles appear.

Bubbles.... How amazing your helping the teens like that. Thumbs up What an awesome idea.!!!!!! I didn't even know that such places existed for runaways. So glad to know that they do and that folks like you cared about them. Lovey dubby

Abuse is all around us. Some of it can be seen out in the open and some is well hidden. It is my hope that if and when people suspect or see it that they don't just close their eyes to it. I am able to do what I do today to help other folks because of others extending hands to me. What you do today for somebody, in whatever form, no matter how big or small it may seem , may be just the thing that saves so many folks in the future.

Jun 9, 2014 4:28 PM CST
Name: Arlene
Grantville, GA
Group hug great story and glad to get to know who you are. A survivor for sure. God bless you for all you have been through and all you do to help others.
Jun 10, 2014 4:37 PM CST
Name: Elaine Mays
Thomasville, GA Z 8
What a great story to share with us. I have missed your coops that you use to do. I can't get in to seeds. I don't have the patience i guess. My DH started some peas and beans this week. He has retired and needed to do something. They have sprouted and he watches them grow I think. God bless you and stay well. Elaine
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Jun 14, 2014 5:54 PM CST
Name: Alana
You've had an interesting and varied life, Ella. May your future adventures all be happy ones.
Jun 14, 2014 8:03 PM CST
Name: Nancy
Buffalo NY
Wow, Elaine! That is a beauty!!
Jun 14, 2014 8:33 PM CST
Name: Sharon
I agree with Nap, Elaine, such a lovely lily.

And I realize that I forgot to thank Ella for sharing her story with us.
Thanks Ella.
Jun 14, 2014 8:44 PM CST
Ella, I admire your resilience and grit, your creativity and sense of humor, and your compassion and wisdom - what an inspiring book you would write - hope ya do it!
My religion is simple. My religion is kindness. Dalai Lama
Jun 21, 2014 8:22 AM CST
Name: Mary
The dry side of Oregon
Be yourself, you can be no one else
Starlight, you are indeed a survivor! I'm proud to know you better my Christian sister. Thanks for writing your story. I know it will be used by God to help and inspire other abused people to not give up, to help others, to laugh, to smile and to grow something!
Of all the things I've lost, I miss my mind the most.
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