“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.”

I love these mornings. My den, my favorite place in the house and the room where I spend a good portion of my time, is still chilly from the night air. The sun hasn’t worked its way around to this side of the house yet. Today’s high temperature will in the 70’s and the low will be tonight in the high 50’s. That sounds like an ideal day to me.

Today is Women’s Equality Day celebrating the 1920 passage of the Nineteenth Amendment. When I was growing up, I never knew women had once been denied the right to vote. My mother alway had the right to vote but not my grandmothers. I was so impatient waiting for the first time I could vote, and twenty-one just seemed so away. When it finally came, I remember going to the town hall on my birthday to register. My first vote went to Hubert Humphrey for president in 1968. I am proud of having chosen Humphrey. I always vote, even in the smallest town elections. It is a gift, the right to vote, and one I never take lightly.

August is the month of birthdays in my family. My favorite uncle, my niece, my sister and I share the month. It is also the month my mother was born. Every August 13th I wish her a happy birthday and let her know how much she is missed by all of us. This year she would have been 91. My memory drawers are filled with pictures and memories of my mother and me.

Life is really a quilt of moments sewn together without any thought to design, color or shape. The whiff of a familiar smell or the shape of a hand or the color of a shirt brings back a moment and connects us with an experience, never forgotten but seldom recalled. We hear a few notes from a long ago song, and, with a whoosh, the rest of the experience comes roaring into our memories and floods us with all the people and places forever connected to that song, memories we had shelved. The smell of a pie transports me to a small kitchen at 16 Washington Ave and the baking mitt on my mother’s hand. All of a sudden I’m remembering Thanksgiving and Christmas and cinnamon and sugar cookies, all triggered by the memory of my mother wearing that mitt and pulling a shelf from the oven.

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6 Comments on ““Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.””

  1. Bob Says:

    Today should be the day to remind every citizen of the US the importance of voting. Although, John McCain was a conservative Republican I hold his memory in high esteem because of his principled life he led. McCain reached across the aisle to work with many Democrates to get things done for the good of the country. He will be missed. Both he and his Senate colleague and friend Ted Kennedy died on the same date from the same malady nine years apart. McCain specifically asked that POTUS not attend his funeral and that both Presidents G.W. Bush and Barak Obama give eulogies. Had more Democratic voters, who may not have been enamored with Hillary, voted against Trump he might have been relegated to the trash heap of history.

    Hot and sunny again today. No rain in forecast through the Labor Day holiday. 🙁

    • katry Says:

      Bob,
      I always remind people I knot vote, but most of them don’t need the reminder. They are mostly from our generation and see voting as a way to change the government, at least to hope to change.

      I was shocked to see the horrible comments about John McCain on Twitter. Most of them reflect idiot’s view of McCain. One called him a coward, another a traitor because of his vote against Trump’s health care bill. I don’t get it. I don’t get how they can disparage this man.

      He and Ted were wonderful examples of cooperation across the aisle for the good of people. They eschewed partisan politics. Their sort has disappeared.

      It is too late to lament.

      Heat back tomorrow here.

      • Bob Says:

        Twitter and Facebook just give the idiots a huge microphone to spread ignorance, including POTUS. None of them would have lasted five minutes in the Hanoi Hilton. McCain wanted to choose Joe Leiberman, an independent Democrat, as his running mate in 2008 but was talked out of it by his staff and chose Sarah Palin which probably cost him the election. The polarization and tribalism since that election is killing us. Hopefully, we still have a democratic republic after Trump and Pence. I’m very concerned about the country and the world we are leaving our kids. I’ve never had this worry since Nixon and those bad feelings are even more concerning.

      • katry Says:

        Bob,
        Sarah Palin was definitely a poor choice. Right from the beginning we all knew she would never be an asset.

        I agree. I too am very worried about what this country is coming to under Trump. At least with Nixon even the republicans honored the right of law. Trump is a scofflaw who has no regard for anything unless it makes him profitable in one way or another.

  2. olof1 Says:

    The day started much like yesterday but even though the weather predictions said partly cloudy and no rain we still got plenty of rain, lots of hail and a thunderstorm that continued for several hours 🙂 🙂 It wasn’t especially intense but didn’t move from this area at all.

    Our birthdays are spread out over the entire year but several of my friends including me have birthdays either this or next month but none of us seems to celebrate it especially much.

    I can’t say what smell it was (probably some kind of food though) but a few times last week I suddenly went back to my grandmothers kitchen 🙂 I do miss her a lot and if she still would have been alive she would have become years old this year.

    Have a great day!

    Christer.

    • katry Says:

      Christer,
      We had a wonderful day with a lovely breeze. The heat and humidity are due back tomorrow. I am not looking forward to that. I feel bad for the kids who are going back to school tomorrow as most here do not have air conditioning.

      My friends and I celebrate each other’s birthdays. We love the little parties.

      Smell is the most amazing of all senses for jogging memory. Wood burning brings me back to Ghana where they use wood charcoal to cook with.

      Have a great day!


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