I had every intention of posting fall tour pictures, but I started writing,
and this is what happened.
Every school year I start out with the best of intentions: I will blog in spite of too much to do!
It never happens.
September hits like a hurricane, and I can't seem to catch my breath,
no matter how hard I try.
When I work too much, I miss home like crazy.
I love decorating and putzing and arranging flowers and thinking.
I'm an introvert. Not shy. Not a misanthrope,
but a true, blue introvert.
I need my down time.
I crave time alone.
Today is election day in our country, but I voted last week
so I could savor a quiet morning without the worry of
long poll lines.
The sun is coming up. I've had a donut for breakfast.
My kids are at sleepovers. Husband is still in bed.
I will refrain from turning on the TV or radio during the day.
Instead, I'll take a long walk, say my prayers,
do some writing and blogging,
and count my many blessings.
There has been too much rancor in this election.
A great many tasteless, mean-spirited, just plain wrong
events have happened, and I fear for our country.
Yes, I have my favorite candidate, but what
I fear more than if the "other" party wins
is the great divide among us.
Truly, there is no "other" party.
Those "others" are us, our neighbors,
coworkers, friends, and relatives.
Social media and the noise there make it difficult
to sit on the sidelines, but
lately this is what I've been trying to do.
Engaging in these battles
is like trying to put hornets
back in the nest.
It will take some time for us to come together as a nation.
The last time I genuinely felt we were
"one nation under God"
was on September 11, 2001.
I hope it doesn't take another catastrophic event
to make us realize we are all
brothers and sisters.
We are all human beings,