What a day. That's what was going on in my kitchen at six-thirty a.m. And it's almost five p.m. and I just got the house straightened up. And I have to get up at three this morning, if not earlier, to take Mr. Moon to the airport as he is flying to Canada and leaving at 5:30. The airport is really, really far from our house.
There was a lot of potty training going on around here today. Lily and Jason have decided to quit putting diapers on Owen in hopes that he'll just come on over to enlightenment. The little guy is perfectly capable of using a potty. He does it at home a lot but he says he's scared to use the potty anywhere else. I believe his exact words are, "I can't. It's scary."
So he ran around naked from the waist down today and peed outside about six times and actually and truly peed in my toilet once. I had promised him that if he did that, we'd make muffins and so we did. He helped me. Carrot, banana, apple, raisin, pecan oat bran muffins. He mashed and grated and broke the egg and mixed.
Then he ate six muffins.
Pooping is not going to be a problem tomorrow.
There was a lot going on, needless to say, and they were good boys. Here's Gibson, doing his happy boy thing on the front porch with me.
There was painting and goat-feeding and egg-checking and chicken-feeding and a bath and cuddling and playing camping and there was laundry. And soup making. And so much more.
Can I tell you I'm exhausted?
Anyway, all day in between kid and baby-wrangling, I was checking the reaction to the election on my phone. Since almost every blog I read and almost all of my Facebook "friends" are of my political persuasion, there was a lot of joy expressed. But in a few cases there were words that seemed ridiculous to me. One woman's blog I occasionally read, said that the country voted, in essence, to have the government provide everything for them for nothing. This woman and her husband are staunch believers in the fact that they worked hard for what they have and they should be able to keep it and that anyone who chooses to work as hard as they did and do can also thrive and receive the bounty of their labor.
Of course they are white and were born fairly well off and were completely expected to go to college and supported in that by their families.
They are also very firm believers in their faith, which is Catholic.
I think they are just very angry. I think a lot of people are angry. Especially Republican white people (sort of redundant) who are watching the status quo crumble. The ones who were born, if not on third base the way Romney and GW Bush were, at least IN THE DAMN BALLPARK which a lot of the citizens of this country were not. As I have said so often before, it's one thing to pull yourself up by your bootstraps. It's another not to even have bootstraps. Or boots, for that matter. And suddenly, it's become apparent to these formerly entitled-by-birth people that things have changed and are changing and are going to continue to change and and that by god, that seems good and reasonable to a great many voters in this country.
Voters who are not necessarily white or rich or straight or religious. Or male, for that matter. And who do not (the horror!) especially want white, rich, straight, religious, males making all of the decisions.
I've read a lot of stuff today written by people who claim that their main concern is that we have elected the same ol', same ol', and that nothing is going to get done in Washington again.
This may be true but, then again, maybe it's not. A lot more women were elected to high office. Minorities played such a big role in the election that they can no longer be ignored by politicians who are going to have to realize that they better start serving some minority interests if they know what's good for them. States voted to legalize marijuana for recreational use. Two states voted to allow gay marriage.
The vast wealth of Republican backers didn't manage to buy the election. Or steal it, either.
This is NOT the same ol', same ol'.
Which is exactly why, I believe, a lot of people are angry today.
Well here's what I say- suck it up. We managed to get through eight years of GW Bush and it almost killed this country. And a great many Americans yesterday proved that no, we don't want to go back in time to that sort of leadership. We want to go forward.
And if the Republicans will finally realize that fact and quit frothing at the mouth over the fact that things ARE changing, then maybe we can get something accomplished. It's happening anyway and it's going to continue to happen with them or without them.
Because ultimately, it's the people who make the changes. The leaders need to, as they say, follow or get out of the way.
I look at my grandsons and I wonder what kind of a world they will live in. I, quite frankly, hope the changes continue so that the world they live in will be a world of equality and of peace and of more responsible care-taking of the planet.
Okay. I'm so tired I can't focus on the screen and obviously, my mind is not focusing either.
But. Change. Good. Happening. Yes.
And yes, change can be scary. But like with Owen and his fear of potties outside his own home, there really isn't that much to be scared of. And the sooner we all come to grips with that, the less shit we'll all be dealing with. That's my theory, at least.
Sleep well, y'all.
Much love...Ms. Moon