Today life magically went back to normal despite the chaos yet to come. Teddy and I walked to Kroger and sat outside with our lattes and celebratory snowman cookie. A lady sat down at the next table (6ft or more away from us) and asked if she was far enough away. “Of course”, we assured her, smiling widely. Shortly after a young woman came out and started YELLING down her phone. It was obvious that her card had just been declined at Kroger and she was pissed. There was sarcasm, “I am SO sorry you are having a bad day, Boo Hoo”. There were endless expletives, unusual in our wee forest. Our eyes and our neighbors got wider at this unexpected display – maybe she voted for the loser?? Finally she stopped yelling and turned to enter the store again. Just before she did, she apologized for the ‘show’. I said, ‘it’s okay, we all have bad days”.
This hilarious exchange provoked conversation between us and our neighbor. She told us that she was looking up scriptures to calm herself because of her relatives. I burst out laughing because I know the feeling. She was a black lady about my age and I just had a feeling she shared our political viewpoint even though our forest is very Red. I said, “Have you seen that car?” She burst out laughing and immediately took a photograph as we did. Has he escaped to Texas? She asked me what the passengers looked like and they were remarkably normal. Two white females.
It has been a terribly anxious week for all of us and we now have 1 million cases of Covid-19 in Texas so it is hard to truly celebrate. I literally risked death to vote – the election lady greeted us with NO MASK. There were no gloves or sanitizing of booths. There was one INCH between the voting booths and they made us vote for every bloody judge, township director and their dog instead of allowing us to just choose Democrat or Republican. I ran out of there like there was the devil on my heels.
May we be a kinder and more integrated society; there is no malice in my heart for anyone with a different political opinion but I need my leader to be decent.
I don’t know what the result will be but I will be glad when we can see some real news on the TV. It seems like more people have voted than ever before and having lived in a dictatorship, it is a wonderful gift to be able choose your government.
I have a funny story to take the some of the sting out of the lack of etiquette this year. A few months ago, we had a local election in our city. Many people who live here are naturalized Americans who were born elsewhere, so there are dozens of accents including mine. One British friend has lived in the States for over 30 years but has a pronounced English accent. At the election site, one of the volunteers noticed the accent and asked to see her papers…!!! Well… she swiftly told the volunteer that in 30 years of being an American, nobody has asked to see her paperwork. (The volunteer has no reason to do that as your election card or driving licence will come up on the computerized system). The lady behind her was a naturalized American from Russia and she flipped too, “This is like Stalin in Soviet Republic, asking to see papers!! (imagine a thick Russian accent)”
This is Kerry’s moral tale for today. 😇 Never make assumptions about someone’s ethnicity, nobility or nationality based on looks or accent.👸
PS: This blog may shortly be posted from Mexico, depending on the result…😉😎🌴
After driving to the supermarket, I was behind a white behemoth of a car literally plastered with signs. As we were stopped at traffic lights I could see that they were mostly anti-abortion and Christian signs. The one that upset me the most was that she had altered the Coexist sign to say, ‘Only Christians know how to Coexist’. Well, for a start, that’s not true. How quickly we forget about the terrorist atrocities from both Protestant and Catholic factions in the UK. Secondly, it took away from the sensitive, compassionate message of Coexist. She had so many stickers that it was a distraction to other drivers. As she drove off, she was either unfocused, on her cell phone or maybe couldn’t concentrate from the noise of her myriad children, perhaps? Whatever the case, she was veering into my lane and I had to toot the horn to warn her of my presence. It wouldn’t be very pro-life if she killed me, would it?
I have no problem with regular stickers – I have one that says ‘one cat away from crazy cat lady’ which is patently untrue… The stick figure family stickers seem to boast of their fertility but are generally harmless as are those that proclaim your religion (Muslim, Christian, Jewish, Wicca – who cares?), military affiliation or even, at a push, your fraternity. Nowadays, however, I wonder about hazing or inclusion – we don’t have fraternities in the UK. America is heading into a hot political season and I can only imagine what nasty stickers will be displayed for or against the likes of Donald or Hillary. During the last 2 elections I was horrified at the hateful car stickers, mostly about President Obama. Why can’t you keep your unpleasant opinions to yourself – no wonder people have road rage. It rarely happens in Texas but sometimes in other places people will let a shop door bang in your face. I always say, “Did you leave your manners at home?” Let’s all be less rude and much more polite to each other.