We were at grandson's cross country meet a couple of weeks ago. My daughter turned to me, because elections local and national are on our minds, and announced, "There's a movement to write-in Eileen Brady for Mayor." Wonderful to dream of possibilities for the candidate-who-should-have-been rather than the two losers we're left with. Became slightly more engaged on Facebook so could add my "like" to the page someone started there. Made a simple card to hand out.
Zach did very well in his race. I was impressed by the number of girls and boys, Portland public and private schools, 4th and 5th graders, who were eager participants. Let's hear it for Title IX! They had to climb a hill twice and jump over a hay bale to make their way.
Rachel, Zach, and little Eliana (no slouch herself in climbing monkey bars with ease), left to pick up Zoe for her soccer game. Before we left another mother from Zach's school, described her life before Portland. Pretty similar In Brooklyn as she shuttled three children from one activity to another and tried to keep focused as she worked from home. Not much time for politics for these working mothers.
Afterwards Ron and I went to eat always-delicious Vietnamese food at JADE Teahouse in Sellwood--eggplant and pork plus a very rich macaroonish dessert. Sort of a reward for hours and hours--primarily his time-- on the phone with prescription plan, Medicare Part D. Very patient Medicare and insurance company people worked to sort out a mistake from last year.
Why are we putting up with all this shuffling of our lives by providers? And we are the fortunate ones who have good healthcare coverage.
************Election Day, November 6, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. (PST)*****************
All of the above was written in October before Sandy, before Halloween. Not posted because I'd thought to write how the U.S. needs something like the Citizens Advice Bureau in the United Kingdom. Begun in 1924, this non-profit "charity" (their word) helps people "resolve their legal, money and other problems by providing free, independent and confidential advice, and by influencing policymakers." First heard about it when I was in social work school in the 1970s as a way the British had developed for people to sort out which government agency could handle their issues.
Now I'm avoiding looking at today's election returns. So much more to think about since the Hurricane but election anxiety gets in the way. More creative avoidance by going tonight to "Seven Guitars" by the late, lamented August Wilson. This is the sixth of his ten plays that explore African-American life in the 20th century. We will travel back to 1948 in Pittsburgh. Beats angsting about whether Obama will be re-elected and New York City's massive recovery problems.
My son and his family are okay in Tarrytown, New York, above the flooded areas. After last summer's Irene storm their co-op decided to install a back-up generator so they have had lights, heat. Roxie even went back to kindergarten on the school bus at the end of last week.
How will the City re-locate thousands of public housing residents in Brooklyn's Red Hook? Thinking my causes need to become entirely environmental--climate change especially.