Spring is here early again this year. Just a few short years ago my azaleas did not bloom until March, they are well on their way to being done blooming and it is only the end of February.
We did not even have a freeze this year. The mosquitos and fleas are going to be hideous this year because it has been so warm through the winter months. Crazy weather is occurring everywhere this year. That is because climate change is very real my friends.
My oldest geranium plant continues to grow. It gets cut back and then sprouts up all year long. I have had this plant for years and years.
While I realize now this is not the best picture, I did plant 25 snapdragons this morning. I love this color. They are along the screen portion of my pool enclosure. They are bright enough to be seen from inside the house. It is amazing what a few flowers will do for your spirits, for a few minutes anyway.
I find it harder and harder to keep my spirits up this year. Flowers help a little but not much. This administration is worse than I thought it was going to be. Now thinking of cutting free lunches to those children in need. Those children who probably do not get another meal in their home. Those children who cry when school is out for vacation as they do not know when they will eat on a regular basis. No one should be hungry in a country as prosperous as ours. If we can spend $500,000 a day for security for the Melania Trump, who does not want to move to the White House, her choice by the way, can't we find money to help those hungry kids? Hungry children do not learn well. They are embarrassed and frankly too hungry to settle their minds and learn. Kids who do not learn can't graduate and get good jobs when they are older. What kind of a country are we?
Two apps I would like to mention for those concerned about where our country is going are, Votespotter and 5calls, I took the last one from Claudia's blog on Friday. Great apps to tell you how to make a difference in just a few minutes. The Resistance Calendar can let you know about events near you that might be interesting to your point of view. John Pavlovitz, a christian pastor for the past 20 years is a daily read for me. Each of his posts really speak to me but this one really hit home. You can find it here.
I have been missing my parents so much lately. I think that when a parent dies you are so busy helping the other parent you do not have time to adjust. Then when the other one leaves just 18 months later you are busy getting everything in order. Now I find that I am missing them both so intensely at times. I have been missing my mom for years as she was not well with Dementia for at least 5 years before she passed. My dad was together until the moment he left this world. I miss having him over for Sunday dinners. I miss his laughter about Little Buddy's antics. He was so proud of all my boys but this little one brought so much joy into his life. I miss talking to my dad about the status of the world and the shape of our country. He was a WWII vet, a gunner on several different planes. Not an easy job my friends. He was a avid believer that we should take care of everyone, that we are all equal. He was in downtown Detroit during the race riots and was often the only white person at a funeral for a friend/co-worker who had passed away. He would be so disgusted to see our country the way it is now. He was onto DT years ago, he would not have been fooled by this guy, not my dad.
My mother was a staunch Christian. She had us at church every week. We were in Sunday school, youth group, the choir and everything else imaginable. She brought us up to have a strong faith. She would be disgusted to see how people of, "faith" are treating their fellow man, women and children. She taught us that we are all equal. We should be there for everyone, and that includes transgender teens who should be allowed to go to the bathroom in the bathroom of those they identify with. Such a simple and basic task, going to the bathroom where you think you belong. How is it okay to take that away from someone? How is it okay to rip children from their parents arms, split up families of those people who came here for a better life or to take people out of the hospital, those in need of care and send them to a deportation center?
I know you are all tired of all of this, I certainly am. But it isn't going away. My mother taught me that God, and Jesus love everyone. Not a few select people who fit the right criteria of a specific type of religion. Jesus, a man of color, a man of deep love and faith, who washed the feet of those others felt were beneath him, loved everyone. I wish we could, too.