I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today. It's always a pleasure to read what everyone writes about their lives.
It's an interesting thought to write that I am living my usual slices of life kind of the same as I used to do months ago. I write and read, I have family visit, I visit family. The grand-girls come to stay a few times a week. I cook, I clean and grocery shop. I talk on the phone with my son and family. I walk to find pleasures in the out-of-doors: nature, outdoor art, people walking dogs, shadows, sky.
Now, however, included in my life's slices are the politics of our country, an overwhelming and continuing challenge. I don't always want to write my slices of life about the latest crazy outrage, but it is changing my life. I continue to sign petitions, donate what money I can, call my congressional reps, and read, read, read. It's only day four!
I am proud of the millions of women who marched to protest our newly inaugurated president's actions. I stayed at my daughter's with the grand-girls to let her go with her friends. Some of the time we spoke of women's lives as they used to be, and how through protests, their lives improved. And it was hard, and they did not quit. But the girls are only five and seven, and while I know what I wish for them, right now I want to offer the tools that will help them grow strong, not the information that will confuse.
Talk about being smart, not always about being pretty.
Find and share books that show strong, interesting, creative and persistent girls and women.
Talk about behavior that matters: telling the truth, standing up for those who need it, speaking up with opinions about right and wrong, learning how to do things.
There is much to do. I had a lovely walk today, I picked up both girls and took them to their home, stayed until their mom came from work, and we had dinner together. My son-in-law is at the Sundance Film Festival with his colleagues. He is a film editor, and his company has three films being featured there this year. Hence the need to help my daughter a little bit with the girls.
Life continues, except for that over-riding nag: read more, do more, don't stop!
The next march is April 15th!