November 1st is here and I have yet to decide what I am going to write…. So I am obviously nowhere near writing that first sentence. It will be typed today, however. I have promised myself.
It has been a busy and interesting week. By Monday night I had a post ready for this week. I didn’t even wait for Wednesday’s prompt on WOW. I don’t remember now, all that I talked about, though politics did enter my conversation in a big way. By Monday night, I had my photos ready for the Spooky photo contest on Stainless Steel Droppings. On Tuesday morning my house was broken into and my computer was stolen. Along with a whole lot of other stuff. Stuff, mind you. No one was hurt. The dog stayed out of their way. The mess has been cleaned up. The window is boarded and a new one ordered.
Life goes on pretty much the same, with just a little feeling of discomfort niggling in one small, dark, corner room of my Escher brain. When I come home I drive around the house to see if any windows are broken. I stick my computer under the bed when I leave home. I call my daughters a hundred times a day.
In the post I had ready on Monday night, I wrote about my concerns for the environment. I didn’t write about, although I have had numerous conversations about it, the economy. If I am feeling a pinch, how are people who are unemployed managing? Well, one way is by selling my daughter’s cameras, my Grandma’s rings, my computer….
There have always been people who take from others, of course. But it is going to get worse if we continue on in this manner of selfishness. I was talking to my son yesterday about what time we would go to vote. He told me he wasn’t going to vote. My jaw dropped.
“What? Not going to vote?”
“Why should I? What are they going to do for me?”
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“Don’t matter who win; they won’t get me a job. They don’t care about me.”
“But that is so selfish. What about the polar bears? What about my great grandchildren and the air we breathe?”
“Why should I care about any of that?”
Why should he? When you have to worry about not having bus fare, or you haven’t eaten all day, and you don’t need to set the alarm because there is nowhere to go, why should you care about polar bears? Since I don’t have to worry about those other things, I can afford to worry about the polar bears, but I can’t forget about the people who see no future for themselves.
So please vote wisely on Tuesday. It won’t solve all of our problems, but it is a start. Vote for jobs, the environment, for education, health care for all, freedom of choice. Please don’t vote for oil and people who don’t worry about all of our children and their futures. Vote so my son has something to set his alarm for.