I’m currently reading a novel about Thomas Jefferson’s daughter and I have many thoughts. One thing that stands out is the fierce partisan rhetoric, libelous and petty attacks on character and talk of unprecedented divisiveness/taking up arms in protest. It seems that every presidential election cycle we have the same debates, disappointments and in January the country is still here. Fear not America, we’ve been doing the exact same thing for 200+ years.
Nevertheless, I’ll continue to hope for better thing and hope that we can look beyond our partisan preferences to the policies that are being proposed. It would also be nice if we could remember that we are all humans with feelings.
“I was taking a law school admissions test in a big classroom at Harvard. My friend and I were some of the only women in the room. I was feeling nervous. I was a senior in college. I wasn’t sure how well I’d do. And while we’re waiting for the exam to start, a group of men began to yell things like: ‘You don’t need to be here.’ And ‘There’s plenty else you can do.’ It turned into a real ‘pile on.’ One of them even said: ‘If you take my spot, I’ll get drafted, and I’ll go to Vietnam, and I’ll die.’ And they weren’t kidding around. It was intense. It got very personal. But I couldn’t respond. I couldn’t afford to get distracted because I didn’t want to mess up the test. So I just kept looking down, hoping that the proctor would walk in the room. I know that I can be perceived as aloof or cold or unemotional. But I had to learn as a young woman to control my emotions. And that’s a hard path to walk. Because you need to protect yourself, you need to keep steady, but at the same time you don’t want to seem ‘walled off.’ And sometimes I think I come across more in the ‘walled off’ arena. And if I create that perception, then I take responsibility. I don’t view myself as cold or unemotional. And neither do my friends. And neither does my family. But if that sometimes is the perception I create, then I can’t blame people for thinking that.” – HRC
As for me, there’s another busy weekend here. Since Monday was a holiday, Mr. B is watching Lucas today and we’re having dinner at his house. Saturday, he’s getting us dinner and we’ll watch the Irish play. We also get Gwen for our first post-Lucas sleepover! I’ve missed my girl and look forward to hanging out with her; however, Lucas has been known to be incredibly jealous so we’ll see how it goes. Sunday, I’m chaperoning a date with Lucas and his girlfriend Estella. Raechel and I will catch up and I’ll convince her to move to our neighborhood. Then it’s off to work… but at least I’ll be home for Lucas’ first Lions game. They are awful but it’s a rite of passage for Detroiters.