It has been 84 days since the pandemic started impacting daily life in the US.
It has been so much longer than that since racial discrimination has impacted daily life for POC in the US. Centuries really. Is it better than it was? I suppose that depends on how you define "better." On the surface? Yes, but there is still so much more work to be done. I am not someone who protests, but I support people who do. And as I watched our so-called president have what equates to an absolute melt-down like an overtired and extremely violent toddler, I recognized that if there is a resistance movement to protect people fleeing for their lives, I'll be a part of that. Somehow. Heh... probably shouldn't put that on line and make myself a target, but my fire is raging right now.
As part of all of this, we've discussed buying a rifle. I've stated I am okay with this. I am more okay with it than a handgun at least. I'd be more apt to use that than a handgun. I think. Although the thought of having to use any type of gun against a human being makes me physically ill, I recognize the potential necessity of having and using a gun - to hunt game if food starts getting scarce, to defend our home from the whackados who want to take this country so far right it's frightening, to protect people being oppressed. It may not be a flaming sword of justice, but I'll wield a gun in defense of basic human decency.
So yeah… that’s my line I guess. Racism sucks and needs to be eradicated. I understand that it probably won’t ever be – humans are assholes, yo – but we can strive to do so much better. SO. MUCH. BETTER. Be kind to each other. Offer a hand – metaphorical or otherwise – to POC to help level the playing field. Remove obstacles where we can. Recognizing excellence and quality where it exists and rewarding it. It sounds soooooooooooooo simple, but … humans are assholes and the group in power is the group that makes the rules. It’s up to us to subvert them and try to spread the power around.
As for “normal” life… My zucchini seeds are finally sprouting! I need to move at least one of them, I think. The first tomato plant I bought and thought died in that weird May freeze has resurrected itself. It already had 2 tomatoes on the vine that are ripening AND it's putting out fresh leaves. I shall henceforth call it the zombie tomato plant!
Onions and beets are growing well. Three bean plants have successfully sprouted and are starting to climb their little trellis. There are beet and arugula sprouts and fennel sprouts. The marigolds are leafing out a bit. The potatoes are growing in their bucket, but I'm seriously considering moving them into a little mound out back this weekend.
Photos tomorrow when there's light.
We’ve expanded our bubble a teeny bit by two. I know I’m thoroughly thrilled by this for a huge host of reasons, but mostly I’m glad for the in-person interaction with trusted friends. It warms my heart.
Heh… just chased a night critter off of our bird feeder. It was probably the raccoon.
In the meantime, there's a lovely full moon and I need to make sure Indy has no more food to eat tonight for his dental appointment tomorrow. He's going to have a thorough cleaning and probably one or two teeth extracted. (Poor baby kitty!) I drop him off tomorrow morning at 8:45. I should get to bed.
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