Tuesday evening and I’m feeling a little funkish, so what better to do than share it with you. And we’re off…
- The horrific terrorist bombing in Brussells weighs heavily on me today, as I’m sure it does everyone. The swift politicization of it, before we could even process it and think of the human beings directly impacted, sickens me. It seems to me that, as rational people, we might accept as fact that all candidates oppose terrorism and the loss of life associated with it, that their differences are not in their opposition to it but rather in their methods of combating it. It doesn’t seem we are to be given the chance for that, unfortunately, as the blatant and undisguised attempts to use this tragedy as a political weapon were almost instant and filled with blame and fire-stoking. Am I the only one who finds this disgusting? I hope not. Meanwhile families and friends have not had a chance to grieve. Meanwhile good people are trying to help. Meanwhile our planet spins on. It makes me sad.
- We sent some of our feathered progeny off to auction today. The pair of doves and three Old English Game bantams that were hatched and raised here on South Alley Farm were sent off to Roots Auction with Neighbor Dan the Dirty Old Man. They had to go to prevent future inbreeding. It was a little bittersweet to see them go, but (despite appearances,) we are aware of our limitations and space restrictions, so separating them was not an option. If we are going to breed and raise bantams and bunnies, we are going to have to get used to this. We can do it. I just hope somebody gives them excellent names!
- Speaking of names, Jeremy decided on the names of the three smallest chicks, currently brooding with Patty and Nugget. He rejected more French names and, as I said previously, Downton Abbey names are now retired, so it was wide open. Jeremy decided – with a wicked grin – that they would be Barbra (the Auracana,) Bette, (the New Hampshire,) and Judy (the Siver-laced Wyandotte.) His gay vibe was in high gear that day. I’m so sorry.
- We recently watched The Danish Girl. It’s a very good film and we enjoyed it, particularly the gorgeous cinematography and the amazing acting. (Eddie Redmayne. Dude can act.) It is the story of a transgender woman in the early 1900s in Denmark. It’s okay if you can’t relate to that – I couldn’t, either. Good films give us a chance to experience somebody else’s story, and this one does that. When we do that, experience the unfamiliar, we are expanded. Sometimes, we learn empathy. Always, we learn.
- I recently took a personality test (very similar to the Myers Briggs,) at the urging of a co-worker who has a theory about the personality types of teachers. Through no surprise to me, I came out as “the mediator,” and particularly strongly introverted. Initially, my coworker was skeptical and declared that I wasn’t introverted at all, but when he read the description of the mediator, he changed his mind. I realize that many people don’t understand introverts, and I guess even I don’t, sometimes. It’s possible to doubt myself, to wonder why I don’t feel like doing this thing or don’t want to go there. I think many people worry that it is the depression controlling me, and they may be sort of right some of the time. The truth about introverts, though, is we get our energy from downtime, from being alone, even. Jeremy is the OPPOSITE of introverted, and I suppose at times it causes some issues, but we get each other and it seems to work out, both of us respecting the differences even if they feel, well, unfathomable. It occurred to me that this is all a part of feeling comfortable in one’s own skin, of accepting and honoring those parts of ourselves that others can’t relate to, even if they try. Daily horoscopes hold no interest to me, but I do find that I almost always match the general descriptions of my zodiac sign, Cancer, and it was odd to me how much the mediator description matches those general descriptions of Cancers. Coincidence? Probably. Stretching for connections? Sure. If I focus on the personality components, though, which one could argue are more scientifically based, it is a very good fit.
Now, could you give me some space? I need some alone time.