A close friend is out among the protestors and is periodically updating me on what’s going on in the streets.
I can’t say I’m not worried about her safety, because I’m worried about her especially after a female protestor in Florida disappeared and with coronavirus still out there . I’ve known her for over twenty years and I’m not exactly surprised she right dab in the middle of the action. She has always been one to speak her mind, ask questions and call one up on any rhetoric she viewed as harmful to anyone.
It’s funny how we met. We were both at a community meeting in our neighborhood we shared at the time. It was a meeting where we working parents were thinking about asking and assigning elders in the neighborhood as morning and afternoon community watchers: when the children were going to and fro school. During the discussion, the president of the committee changed the subject to cooking pastries at 4:00 A.M., in order to have them ready for your family by 7:00 A.M. so that everyone could have a hot cinnamon roll as they leave out the door in the morning.
She caught my raised eyebrows, I didn’t know I was displaying a skeptical expression. She loudly cleared her throat and raised her hand and asked, “What’s wrong with a bowl of hot oatmeal or Pillsbury’s rolls?”
“Those impersonal things are so run-of-the-mill. They do not show your dedication to your family.” Mrs. Congeniality replied.
Everyone looked at each other wondering what have sweet rolls to do with appointing someone our children will have to obey if that person sees something amiss.
Mrs. Now-Protesting quipped, “I haven’t killed any member of my family for getting on my nerves so I think that shows plenty of dedication. Tell me.. how those rolls are supposed to help our meeting? Protect our children?”
Well, anyway, Mrs. Now-Protesting got the meeting back on track and being a diversity neighborhood four elderly women were appointed watchers and Miss Congeniality served everyone sweet rolls and became the neighborhood’s cake ,pies, and brownie lady. Hey, she volunteered for the job and we working women let her have it.
My point being is that– the decision you make in this hour shows whether or not you are truly willing to walk the talk or you are just an opportunist using the unrest as a peddle of your own agenda.
So? Is she still my friend? You betcha. 🙂
She told me that for the most part the protests have been peaceful. Exhausting but peaceful.
By the way, I’m constantly reminding her to keep a mask on!!!!