Blue DawnBlue Dawn's Journal
Just was told that someone at my 89-year-old mother's small church has tested positive for COVID-19.
She lives with my Democratic sister, who has been practicing social distancing and mask-wearing, and my sister's 19-year-old daughter has been begging her grandmother not to attend church during the pandemic. But my mother is a Trump-supporting, Fox-News-watching, evangelical Christian who doesn't think the virus is a big deal. She is extremely stubborn. She does not listen to my sister or my sister's daughter. They have explained that she could bring the virus home and one of them could get sick. Makes no difference to my mother. Nope. Not at all.
My sister called me a few moments ago almost in tears. She said that she had just been informed by our brother-in-law (he picked our mother up to take her to church this morning) that when they arrived at church today the doors were locked because someone has COVID-19.
My sister has tried reasoning with our mother and has begged her to please stay home in order NOT to inadvertently pass the virus on to her, her husband, and her 19-year-old daughter. She said that her daughter has been extremely worried that her grandmother wasn't wearing masks and kept going to church. She doesn't want her grandmother to die, nor does she want to see her mother of father get ill should her grandmother bring the virus home to them.
I am so angry. I can't reason with my mother. Neither can anyone else. She told my sister she isn't worried about the virus because she was never "close enough" to the person to get it. She isn't worried. In fact, she is attending a birthday party tomorrow where most of the people most likely won't be wearing a mask.
I just want to beat my head against a wall. I know Republicans as a rule tend to be selfish, arrogant, hard-headed numbskulls, but I am sick to realize that my own mother fits that description.
She has no problem with her cognition. She takes no medication, has no diseases or chronic conditions, and is as sharp as a tack. There is no excuse for her to act this way.
My sister told her that she should at least wear a mask and stay home just to keep the other household members safe, but even that did not cause her to change her behavior.
We now have to worry during the next couple of weeks if symptoms will show up my mother.
I feel so terrible for my sister. I will support her in any possible way. She is a wonderful person. She says that living with a Trump supporter has been so demoralizing, especially since it has been our very own mother.
I just needed to talk about it. Thank you for listening.
....in many yards as my husband and I took a lovely drive around our neighborhood and town yesterday.
I live in a red state. Last year, we saw tons of Trump signs in our neighborhood yards and throughout our town.
Yesterday, while we were taking a nice drive (looking for landscaping ideas that we might use ourselves), we were surprised to see many, many Biden signs! We both were pleasantly surprised and hope this means that many Trump supporters are changing their minds.
I am feeling pretty excited about it. Most of these people live in middle-class neighborhoods, but we saw Biden signs in a few lower-income neighborhoods as well. I dont want to pigeonhole people and resort to stereotypes regarding Trump supporters, so I will just say that I feel terrible that some of them seem to be struggling financially and still believe that Trump cares about their lives, needs, and dreams.
I wouldnt have bothered to post about this except that there were so many signs for Biden. Believe me, we live in the midst of Trump Country-Bible Belt, U.S.A.....so this is highly unusual.
Oh, something funny we saw: A huge yard sign saying Woody and Buzz for 2020!.....LOL.....We took pictures to share with our kids and friends. They got a kick out of that.
I received Michael Cohens book yesterday and started reading it late last night. I am about three-fourths of the way through the book.
I am totally disgusted with what Cohen did as a lawyer for Trump for ten years.
I actually had felt a bit sorry for Cohen when he testified before Congress, but I have lost any empathy I once felt toward him and am now just sick to my stomach reading about the schemes, dishonesty, cruelty, lawbreaking, and dirty machinations that took place. In fact, I had to just put the book down and take a break because I am heartsick and disgusted.....and sad, sad to the point of despair.
I am curious what are others opinions of this book.
Let me say that I have ordered and read so many books written about Trump, including Mary Trumps, Rick Wilsons, Philip Ruckers, and Bob Woodwards, to name a few. Though I was often saddened, disillusioned, angry, and/or disgusted reading about Trump in these books, I didnt experience the profound visceral revulsion intermixed with rage, helplessness, and dismay that I have experienced while reading Cohens book.
I have loathed Trump from the beginning, but I never believed that I could access an even deeper level of hatred and loathing within myself. I actually thought I was going to throw up at one point, that is how sickening I found Cohens obsequious sycophantic toadying behavior and Trumps vicious, sadistic, cruel behavior.
I asked my husband, How? How did these people sleep at night? They are beyond horrible.
Maybe Michael will redeem himself in the latter part of his book. I guess I will find out later tonight when I finish reading it.
I cannot identify or wrap my mind around anything these people ever thought or did. My husband tells me that this is how people operate and he is not surprised by the stories I read to him. I just shake my head in disbelief.
I just sat alone, thinking over what I had read, and I couldnt help but feel tears start streaming down my face. I am sad. Sad that people this uncaring and cruel walk about on this earth.