Youngest son John and Dianne (me) at Monticello, c. 1988
Lately, I’m amazed at how outspoken I have become. Being an Introvert, I have always imagined myself to be a bit reticent. However, others might disagree.
This morning, Sheila, a pool friend, Jewish and born and raised in the Bronx, said “Wasn’t the president wonderful last night?” She was referring to O’s last State of the Union speech, which we did not watch.
“I watched Dr. Blake,” says I, referring to the Aussie series on the PBS UK channel. “I don’t like Obama, and have never liked him,” I continued, somewhat duplicitously, because I do like some of the things his administration has done. “I can hardly wait until he’s out of office, although we might get something worse.”
You like Bernie, says Sheila.
Yes, I responded, but I don’t think he can win in the South. Hillary definitely can’t because of the “gun-control” issue, Bernie might, because he’s from the “Live Free or Die” State of Vermont, where guns have always been important.
“Are you a gun supporter,” asked Sheila.
“I suport the Second Amendment,” I responded…”The Right to keep and bear Arms. Basically, I don’t want anyone tinkering with the Bill of Rights. My daughter belongs to the NRA, but I don’t. I think there could be some limits on weapons. As Ronald Reagan said, you don’t need an AK47 to hunt.
Sheila then told me she liked to keep a small weapon in her house so that if she had to she could shoot someone in the kneecap. My first thought was that I would probably miss.
The conversation continued, but I won’t bore you with the rest. My point is this, two people can carry on an intelligent political conversation without resorting to anger. Which begs the question, why can’t Members of Congress do this?
Because the bottom of my swimsuit slips down as I hop around in the pool, I ordered a new suit and pool shoes today. The top has great big yellow flowers. There was a time you would never catch me in something that wasn’t black, but I decided I needed something cheerful. No more dull colors for me, especially in the pool.
Its a miracle that I am sticking with this pool regimen. I prayed I would be inspired, and I believe HP came through. I actually miss the pool the days I don’t go.
However, I have difficulty with one of the water aerobic routines. My right side with “replaced” hip and knee joints works fine. However, the left side of my body is stiff and doesn’t work well, partly the result of a stroke, and partly due to original arthritic joints on the left side.
As he bent over to retrive the keys I dropped for the third time, eighty-nine-year old Vince told me my movement will improve in time. Just keep the Faith!