Wednesday, November 24, 2010

TRANQUILITY BASE / Part 377 / For Love and For Justice / Zabeth and Paul Bayne

My mind thinks like this. When finally Judge Crabtree publicly discloses his ruling in this case, how will the family mark the occasion? In this case of MCFD versus Paul and Zabeth Bayne for the continuing custody of their children, when the judge awards the three children to the Baynes unconditionally, what will be a fitting memorial? Of course that will be the Baynes' decision but I can't help but offer a suggestion. I have no idea why this theme comes to mind other than an emphasis upon danger, risks and cost.

I was a young man and it was one of those events in history that is so indelibly etched on the mind you remember where you were and what you were doing. It was 1:17 pm PDT on July 20th, 1969 and American astronaut Neil Armstrong announced to NASA's Houston headquarters, "Houston, Tranquillity Base here. The Eagle has landed." Tranquility Base was the name given by American astronaut Neil Armstrong to the landing site on the moon where the Apollo 11 Lunar Module Eagle made the first moon landing. It took seven years and $150 billion in today's dollars to get there. Armstrong apparently named the site himself and it surprised NASA Mission Control personnel but the International Astronomical Union honoured the men by recognizing the designation 'Tranquility Base' and listed on lunar maps today, is Statio Tranquillitatis, to correspond with other lunar Latin names.

So when the children come home, perhaps the Bayne home can be dubbed “Tranquility.” After the years of trouble, heartache, personal losses, fears, hardships and costs, their family home can be for all five, well, six, the base of tranquility. Perhaps wherever they move, the home can bear that name. Other words speak similarly to the comfort that will be resident in this home, such as serenity and placidity. I like the sound of the word serenity. If I can be so bold as to suggest a name for the new baby, what if this is a girl? Do you think a name like Serena is out of the question? The name means "serene, calm, composed, peaceful, cheerful ". It was apparently a name used by Roman Christians.

That's my most presumptuous post so far.
BULLETIN, BULLETIN: This news arrived this morning. Baynes don't need my help. They are having another little boy and have chosen the name 'Josiah', which means 'God heals'. It's fitting they are praying that God will heal their family physically and emotionally and in restoring their family that God will continue to allow them to help others in need of restoration and healing in their families. Josiah will be given "Idar" as a middle name in honour of the baby's Bumpa, Zabeth's father, because he has suffered a great deal through the tragic removal of his grandchildren and this news has brought joy to his spirit even while tears are in his eyes.


  1. The situation is probably more like that 1998 movie Amrageddon, where the big meteor is hurtling towards earth, and the heros of the story need to destroy it before it hits earth.

    Having MCFD in one's life is like the Sword of Damacles, where the moral of the story is "The value of the sword is not that it fall, but rather, that it hangs" above the head of the unfortunate.

    Let us hope that sword finally falls on MCFD rather than the Baynes family.

    Neo, as a boy's name means survivor, like the hero in the Matrix trilogy. I'm sure that whatever the name choice is, it will serve as a memory that recognizes the Baynes family's test of faith.

  2. Anon 8:11 AM
    Thanks for the name correction


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