Archive for September, 2008
“I really need to do laundry tomorrow, or else on Tuesday, I’ll be wearing a skirt.”
Those were E’s words this evening. I am really chuckling over it, b/c I am sure I’ve said that 1,000 times in my past.
This is her first year doing her own laundry. So far, she’s been a real champ about it. No complaining, remembering to clean the lint trap every time, and sharing the info with her friends without batting an eye. I am not sure, if I hadn’t asked this evening what her laundry situation was, if she would be wearing a skirt on Tuesday or not. But that is part of the lesson that this new chore is teaching.
woo hoo! The girls are growing up!!
(I only celebrate because on the same evening, E showed me a letter she drafted to her teacher about herself and her hopes for 7th grade, and one of the key items she thought to tell her teacher about herself outside of school was that her family has movie night every Friday, and how much she looks forward to it each week. I’m glad we’re still the touchstone.)
I mean, seriously. Must you ? In public, even? You cannot pull out insults reserved solely for women in this setting and expect any of your further criticisms to carry any weight. Because, quite frankly, you are behaving in a sexist manner, and the rest of your thoughts will be considered suspect. I know she was mean to Harry Reid. And of course he and his staff will be feeling defensive. But that was out of line. Call her divisive (she is), call her inexperienced (she is), call her a step backward (she is), call her sarcastic all you want. But don’t call her a bitch, don’t call her shrill, don’t call her catty. (i.e., don’t be an ass!!)
I am reading a ton of novels again. I feel like it’s pre-law school all over again. I have been averaging a book a week. I think this is not the first time I have seen that reading = no blogging. Bel Canto is the latest, and I am so loving it, I don’t want it to end. Before that, I read Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World, and before that was The Secret Scripture.
I’ve also been reading all I can about Sarah Palin. She interests me. Nothing to do, really, with her kids. But lots to do with her ideology and her scary ideas. Creationism in public schools, anti-abortion, book banning (really?? Book banning???), abstinence-only teaching (despite plentiful evidence of its failures), and on and on. Yet I fear she’s becoming the nation’s darling, and that these scary aspects of her are being lost in the throes of the drama about her kids and their kids and their boyfriends and her brother-in-law and her husband’s DUI. Who cares??? This woman could be PRESIDENT!!
Ugh. Back to my novel (right after Palin speaks).