Suddenly I am awash in tomatoes. Not only ours but a friend came over and dropped off some of his. I gestured around the kitchen where tomatoes of all shapes and sizes were waiting in various stages of ripening.
"Ours are coming in," I said.
"Give these to your kids," he said. "My freezer is already full of marinara."
So kids- if Daddy brings tomatoes in tomorrow, can you pick some up? Fresh tomatoes? May, there's hot peppers too.
It doesn't rain but it pours. And right now it is raining. Every afternoon we get the hint, the threat, the rumble, the distant blackening of the sky and then nothing. Sigh. I want to reach out and grab that blackness and haul it here. But now it IS here, at least a bit of grayness, some rain coming out of it.
I achieved all of my goals today! Plus one! I did write the letter and oh, how rusty my handwriting is. But it was so lovely. And I figured out how to download audio books on my phone but for some reason, I seem to have to go through all of the pages of choices because every time I try to do a search I come up with ebooks instead of audio and I know there's a way but I haven't figured it out. Also? Every damn book I want to listen to is not available and I have to put a hold on it. What the fuck? They'll e-mail me when they're available.
This is not the perfect solution.
And I did weed. Not very long. And now I can hardly walk. But it felt good and the chickens came in and joined me and pecked at fallen cherry tomatoes and bugs and so it was a fine and friendly experience, albeit a hot and sweaty one.
BUT, that's not really what I want to talk about. I want to talk about the whole focusing on the Confederate flag thing after Charleston.
Don't get me wrong. I am THRILLED that states are finally pulling that symbol of hate down. THRILLED. Of course, here in the deepest parts of the south, this just means that people who never really cared a damn about displaying that flag are going to go out and buy one and put it up in their yards. Trust me. But, as Kathleen used to say, at least when you see someone displaying that flag you know what you're dealing with.
They give you fair warning, at least.
"Hey! I'm a racist asshole! Come on in!"
BUT there is no excuse whatsoever for any state government to fly it at the capitol. None. And that's the way it is. So yes, bring it down. Should never have gone up. Ever.
However, while we are all debating this damn bit of racist symbology, we are NOT debating gun control. Why not? Oh sure, the NRA came out and said that if the church members had had a gun...
No. No. No.
They can't get away with that argument any more and how long are we, the PEOPLE, going to put up with this shit? Again I say- the pro-gun people are absolutely more willing to see thousands and thousands of people die every day from the result of guns (sometimes one at a time, sometimes in groups of threes or fours or nine or whatever) than admit that the second amendment to the Constitution did not mean that almost anyone in the country can legally buy an assault weapon and even if they can't, they sure can find someone who can to get one for them.
We are the laughing stock of the world on this issue.
This is not pioneer days, y'all. We don't have to defend our log cabin and split-rail fence farm with two cows and a pig against marauding Indians. We do not have to worry that some government (including our own) is going to try and commit tyranny. I mean, if that happens, your damn assault rifle isn't going to be of much use and let's face it- all of that NRA bullshit is bullshit and they just need their guns to feel like they're powerful and, okay, I shouldn't say this but I imagine that Ted Nugent's dick is about as big as a pencil eraser.
We all know this.
And by god, if we keep putting up with lawmakers who refuse to stand up to the NRA, we're just going to keep seeing the same horror and bloodshed.
There. I could say a lot more but what's the point?
The Confederate flag is a horrible symbol that needs to be done away with. That process has begun. In twenty years, it will be no more socially acceptable to display a Confederate flag than it is now to say the word "n....r" in public. As Obama pointed out recently, just because that's true, it doesn't mean racism has ended but I say it's a damn good start.
So when do we begin the process of educating people about guns? Specifically lawmakers. When do we tell the NRA that even with all of their money and their influence, we won't take their shit anymore?
I'm waiting. And not very patiently, either.
Okay. This old grandmother has to go slice tomatoes and crush garlic and she's said all she wants to say tonight.
If you're so afraid that someone's going to come into your house and assault you, go adopt a dog who barks big. At least he won't accidentally kill your child while you're cleaning him. And so forth.