Thursday, March 12, 2009
~POLITICS, PAIN, AND ROCKING BOATS~
Yesterday, I found this old blond basket, took it to the back yard and painted it a deep brown, went to Lowes's and filled it with flowers. I like it. For now. But that is not what this post is about.
I have been asked a few questions by ENGLISH COTTAGE IN GEORGIA and I feel so honored that she cared enough to do that. Thank you, Lucy.
First, like anyone else..I have my opinions on some things..and yes, of course our Government and political issues are part of it. I have my opinions on religion, God, the universe..how to raise children, how to keep house, how to do most everything. I am, what they call a senior citizen..and have been around for a bit, and..I also have opinions on how to keep friends and leaving some issues alone is one of them. Only with long time and very close friends can I truly be up front but after 50 years they know and love me just as I am ..and only with them would I take the chance of clashing. And of course we do from time to time. Even sister's disagree. I can verify that!!
I am not on here to stir up anger but when you put yourself out there..you always take that chance.
On blogs..we can do what we wish. I have already said all of this. IF you want to be offensive...it is your choice. IF you want to sound off on your politics...goodness..do it! I have read a lot of these blogs..and for the most part...we all try not to step on each others toes. Now and then we boil over. Remember that it is just venting...and we HAVE a right. PLEASE, do NOT throw the baby out with the bathwater. Think about this. NO..I am not referring to myself, nor has anyone said anything to me. I am just making a general comment.
I try to find the positive in every blog. Today your blog might not really interest me...and tomorrow it might. Who knows...
Here is the deal. OF COURSE I want to please. Some will say they don't give a darn..and they probably don't. Good for them, I say!! Others keep things pretty general and stick to decor, recipes, babies, doggies and the like. Some stick to their every day lives...and I think that they are in the majority. IF it includes decorating..then...that is what they post about. SO many interests...
Some are grieving..and it is heart rending to read about, and we gather softly around and give as much support as the written word possibly can.
I have sat at this computer and sobbed at the death of Becky's son at SWEET COTTAGE DREAMS. It was late at night when I came across the news. I was stunned. I had just spoken to her on the phone and she was delightful. I was helpless. ALL I had were words and they fell completely short. I wanted to call her..and of course I couldn't. I didn't know her that well. And...what could I say? So I wrote. We all did.
Then there is Red Tin Heart, going through the loss of her beloved John..and major surgery. Music is her comfort..but all of us want in some way to help. Again..words.
The people we meet on here are all different and it is a world of it's own. This is a new way of living and peeking into hearts and minds and the very souls of beautiful people. Just enjoy. Be nice (and don't fight with your sister..Lucy) LOL I am NOT offended by talk of politics. If I disagree...I just disagree..but..I will love you anyway. I promise! :)
No..I probably will never post a table scape or if I did..it would be a one time thing. But who knows. I certainly never thought I would write a "blog" and didn't even know what one was until I found Mary's LITTLE RED HOUSE while looking for something on the net, clicked on it out of curiosity and here I am. ~smile~
Now...here is the clincher.. (because I am writing too much.) I was asked by ENGLISH COTTAGE IN GEORGIA about the "hunger" post..and why it got the reaction it did. I don't know. Some have never ever been hungry but no one wants to think of others going hungry and there are many out there that KNOW hunger personally. I am one of them. It isn't fun and it is degrading, and it is far more prevalent than we even know. One man told me that he went to a park and drank water and ate grass. So...it happens.
Lucy also asked me "How exactly did this experience impact you?" I wrote back to her and answerd her but it impacted me just exactly like it did Scarlet O'Hara. "As God is my witness I will never be hungry again, no, nor any of my kin!" I meant that, and as I write this...I am seeing to it that they do not!
She then asked me "Do you feel that the time of hunger was an expeience without a lesson, or do you feel that this is an experience which you never want to have again but appreciate the hardship you went through?" I think what I wrote above says it all.
She also said in reference to my early marriage "I think it would be really hard to keep the boat from rocking." Well...I am going to tell you about a "rocking boat" that capsized and was up righted more than once. This is my story and my blog and I will try and be as honest as I can be.
Too end this I just want to say, rant and rave all you want to about politics. My teakettle usually begins to whistle about this time and I move on to the kitchen to make tea. IF I disagree with you or if I agree with you..you will eventually know as we get to know one another. Actually, I try hard to keep an open mind. One of the things about getting older and maturing is that you feel things more deeply but are able to stay out of the fray. I have both Democrat and Republican friends. Some loved Bush and some hated him. IT IS THEIR BUSINESS. It is NOT that I am afraid of giving my opinion but..it seems pointless to do that when I may love everything about that person but their politics, so why rock the boat? Is that so hard to understand?
I think I hear the teakettle whistling... :)