I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today, and it's always good to read what everyone shares. Thank you Stacey, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana, Kathleen, Beth, and Deb.
I try not to offend others, work thoughtfully to understand their points of view, wish that others across our world would do that too. There are too many conflicts escalating into war and killing because people can't/won't/don't listen. I hope I won't offend you by this post. But I do want to make you think. There are words being said these past few days about Starbucks NOT decorating their, evidently popular, red cups with Christmas motifs. People are ranting, people are furious, people are calling for others to write Christmas greetings on the cups. For one, if they believe this is such an affront, perhaps NOT going to Starbucks is the answer. Don't give them the business!
I am affronted by the pettiness of those who make this important enough to make the national news. I am saddened by those who look for the small in order to make it large. This doesn't matter.
These things matter: That people are dying in places in the world, and/or trying to survive in circumstances difficult to imagine. That children (adults too) are hungry everywhere, even in our own wealthy country. That children do not have proper clothes for the coming winter. That children are being shot, often.
And these things matter, too: beautiful blue skies with wisps of clouds floating like whispers, ocean sounds both soft and fierce, the bright red of geraniums, leaves scuffling down the street, chickadee calls, snow on the mountains, morning shadows, stone walls, the perfection of a seed
Also: an older person using a walker in my neighborhood whose collie walks right by him, never misstepping; children in the yard behind my house raking leaves into huge piles and then leaping into them; remembering a loved one's voice; words that make one think and cry and smile; hugs; smiles between strangers; talk
What matters to you?