Monday, November 21, 2016

It's a New Day

Best Thanksgiving ever. While most of the country is still waiting for it, my Thanksgiving is complete. After taking a poll of sorts it was decided that due to a variety of other commitments of our grown children and others who attend the meal, that we would move our celebration AND also make it a buffet. An informal affair where people could eat when they want and they would sit where they want. We also cooked and baked up a variety of foods to make the day even more inviting.

We had great attendance, conversation, and everyone seemed to really enjoy this change after years of the same old thing.

It felt good. Really good. Emotions have been running high and this was a good day. A day of joy. I most thoroughly enjoyed watching our next generation talk and laugh; laugh a lot. It made my heart grow three sizes that day.

I think this feeling was what I needed and will last for a while. Thank you family for being open to this different style of this traditional day.

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone. Gobble Gobble.

Saturday, November 12, 2016

What would they say

I am still rattled four days after the national election. I am irritated that some of my extended family were complacent and didn't make a vote for the highest office. I am irritated some of them voted for no policies, hate, and misogyny. I definitely had an opinion. As an old coach friend of mine would say I want to have my cake and eat it too.

I look at all I have worked and fought for in my life. I look at my family and those around me for who I have tried to make this country a more equal place to live and I wonder what the hell just happened. I have been raised my entire life to be better, to reach for more and now we have this. I would like to think that all the women before me would be saying now - we want more than this. WE HAVE EARNED MORE THAN THIS.

My little brother is deaf, the candidate said disparaging things about the Deaf and clearly doesn't have positive policies, a no-brainer correct? But no, family votes for him. Confounding to say the least.

And now after the election, I wonder how you reconcile this. Because it's not just a vote as my mom says. It is now the direction of the country with direct impact on me, my family, and those for whom I have fought. In these days, certain persons are posting hateful things which says to me that my original concerns were correct. Disgusting behavior and hate is coming out of places I didn't know it existed. The word Christian definitely has a new definition in some households after this election.

Well, my decision is to continue to fight for equality and women's rights. I will not allow them to be taken away. For those women in my family who voted the other way, you're welcome. And for the men on behalf of the women, you're welcome. Life is about choices and mine is to make intelligent, informed decisions and to be more involved.