I have written several op eds on gun control and bigotry. This morning,
I rose before the sun to pray and then watch CBS Sunday Morning.
I have been traveling and so not in touch with immediate news.
I was shocked to see the news from South Carolina. There are no words for this author, save “We Shall Overcome”. In the silence of a Sunday morning even that tried and true, powerful and poignant prime directive leaves me wondering. WHEN, HOW, WHY?
My heart hurts for us all. As a friend told me and I quote: History doesn’t repeat itself, People do……
Later this morning, I will write yet another op ed. Gun control? Civil Rights? Bigotry? All seem to be mixed in a dismal soup.
I happen to be at home in the Sierras for a brief few days. I witnessed bigotry yesterday morning from the minister who is judgmental about women, gays, and the glory of war and bring it on, yeah! Armageddon. This little white girl didn’t stand still. I wrote a somewhat strong email to said pastor about it all and his elegant shaming techniques and tricky politicing in this wee village.
We are in a world of strife, mirrored with joy and father’s day and all the media related see saws. Staying balanced through profound grief is the challenge.
My heart hurts for yet another act of bigotry and gun violence and loss.
I stand in a silent anthem: Let Peace Begin with Me. The eery reminder of the 4 little girls so long ago echoes in Charleston.
May God bless all the folks at Emmanuel AME Church. and may God bless those who will stand and speak for Change.
It’s really very simple. After all that’s said and done.
After all the bellowing of liberation and believe me suits
and attache cases, we still appreciate:
- Flowers that arrive for no reason whatsoever.
- Gifts of thoroughly and irrevocably impractical “girl things”.
- Being shown how to clean our battery terminals.
- Helping to snow shovel the driveway.
- Saying “Yahoo, go get em!” when we do something wildly courageous.
- Holding hands in public or at least brushing a shoulder quickly.
- Finding things that have disappeared on our Hard drive.
- Dancing slowly and silkily to an old tune.
- Calling on a Thursday afternoon to say, “I love you”.
Geri Lennon 1994
There is a rugged similarity between virginity and blogging. One simply doesn’t know if one is pushing
the right buttons.