I keep thinking about an incident that happened in 2000 that keeps popping up. It bothers me. I’m not sure it should. I’ve not mentioned it to anyone but I think I’m ready to write about it. I think it will be soon. Why? I think it has been bothering me because it’s important. It’s an important issue, especially for women, and clearly for young women. So I will get busy on that and see if I can organize my thoughts. Or maybe just tell it like it happened and let you decide what is important about it and why.
Another thing that has been on my mind is age. I know I am not a spring chicken. I am the first to tell my age…59. I’ll be 60 in a few short months. I used to think that was old but now as it approaches, I have come to realize that it’s just another in an ever escalating list of numbers. It doesn’t mean that I’m done. It doesn’t mean that I should go hide away in a corner and stay quiet. It doesn’t mean that I have nothing to say. It doesn’t mean that no one should listen to me. But that’s how I feel at times, more and more so. It seems that people see an older person and instead of thinking “gee, I wonder what I can learn from this person”, they think something like “oh they’re so out of it; they’re over the hill and I don’t have anything to learn by listening to them.” I guess it’s natural for the younger ones to ignore the wisdom of the older ones. But I don’t like it. I don’t ignore those older than me. There are a lot of older bloggers out there…yeah, older than me! They have something of value to say and I will listen to them. There are also a lot of much younger than me bloggers with a lot to say that I want to hear. If I can help them and support them in any way, even if it as just a cheerleader or a surrogate mom, I’m there.
School. It’s starting up again. Well, local kids have another month before they start but I know that in California, they start this week. In some places they already started last week. Whenever they start, it always seems bittersweet to me. It’s the end of free time, learning from doing time, fun time, for them. It’s the end of playing in the street until long after the sun has set. As such, it’s a melancholy time. Yet, it’s the beginning of new learning. It’s the beginning of new friends and a new teacher or two. For many, it’s the beginning of a new school experience. It’s the beginning of change. It’s the beginning of widening horizons. That’s a promising thing. I remember loving it. I was always happier during the school year. It gave me a sense of purpose and a sense of accomplishment and of promise.
I guess that’s what’s on my mind today. And I have a little five year old telling me that he wants to go get his hair cut because it’s in his eyes again. So I guess that’s the next thing for today!