I have been able to provide a space and a little help for my grandson. When school was iffy as to when it would open, I offered my services to his parents to help them. It would be all or nothing. He was signed up for total virtual learning and we were off.
What a year it has been. And what a lot they are teaching 4th graders. I am from a family of educators so I knew there was help for me if I needed it. We did not. He did great and I was very happy with the program.
I had so much time with him. We laughed, we cried, we debated, and we learned from each other. If we did not know something, we researched. When he learned about the Irish and Europeans exodus to America, I got to share stories I learned from my mom and my grandma. When they talked about native Americans, we discussed the ancestry of his baby sister who is Ojibwa on her dads side. When they had a course on women's rights, we discussed my grandmother not being able to vote and my mom not being able to get a credit card. We discussed civil rights, gay rights, boomers, and YouTube. And so much more.
He learned Republicans make his booma (the name he gave me when he was a toddler, it has stuck) swear. He opines that trump is an idiot. He wants to be an artist and has declared himself pansexual. We will see.
We watched Jan 6 together. He learned from watching it that he does not want to be stupid like them. And we talked about how he is to deal with people who act like that. We also watched BLM marched, and talked about the differences.
He is a smart kid, all As and the biggest problem being to slow him down to get his hours requirement. He learned about my life, my opinions. I am struggling to explain that I used to he considered a bleeding liberal women's lib white girl, and that I am now considered an old white woman centrist. But with him, I am Booma. I am the person who was lucky to be home so he could avoid the pandemic.
And to me, he is hope. With all going on in the world, he is a ray of sunshine. He is the reason I feel we are going to he ok. He is aware of the world and rolls with it. He has survived more than I ever had to face at his young age. In the past couple of years he has lost both great grandmas, been bullied to the point the police had to he brought in ( trumpets kids, flags and all), his parents divorced and are both in new relationships and new jobs. He has a new baby sister. And he turned 10 last week. He also knows how lucky we are, even though his mom and grandpa were exposed to "the covid" , none of us got it. My daughter was one who lost her job because of the pandemic, but one of the lucky ones who got a new one.
Kids are so much more aware of everything going on. And we have to believe in them. They know they had this year taken from them, and they know why. They are aware of the planet, and are learning how to save it. They have lives filled with different ethnicities, different religions, and different views. They are weighed down by the responsibilities we are leaving them. They are also up for the challenge. We haven't given them a choice.
If you are still reading, thank you for putting up with a long post. I don't write very often as there are so many here that post so well, saying things so well. So many views and layers of experience from world wide to down to earth. It humbles me.
There has been a lot of negativity, some snarking, and a whole lot of right wing opinions shared lately. I think it is a trump hangover, with some hair of the dog republican bloviating still out there, encouraging knee jerk reaction. Well, I have bad knees. So no more jerking for me.
So off I go to the last day of school. Retired, but not dead, and still relevant. And feeling very lucky.
I quit watching most news programs because of the number of republicans the news media is giving time to. So I figure there might be something about President Biden and his speech last night or his visit to Georgia. I did make as the first few minutes of the broadcast. When I turned PBS on who is speaking but Asa Hutchinson of Arkansas spewing the same republican BS
I really trying to keep informed without raising my blood pressure. I am not a fan of podcasts, but I may have to start watching them.
There was one that showed them as old ladies watching tv, and said the line 'intercourse penguins"
I thought the skits were funny in my teens and twenties. I find some of them just as funny now. My oldest sister and I have talked about how much more we say the f word in these times. We are now old ladies, kind of. So I have spent part of my morning yelling "intercourse you" when a reporter or republican says something I disagree with.
Whe i get angry at republican idiocy, yelling "intercourse you" does crack me up.
I am debating calling Ron Johnson and saying "intercourse you if you think I am feeling forgiving", but I don't think he would get it.
Almost 60 cops hurt from protecting congress.
Hospital workers struggling with all the sick and dying.
School kids and parents struggling with at home learning or exposure to a deathly pandemic.
Millions out of work.
Millions losing their jobs and homes.
Many not knowing how they are going to eat.
And some of the republicans refuse to wear masks or go through a metal detector.
Because they are f*ckheads. They are done.
Fair and balanced elections, that there is blame on both sides, and the media allows it.
It is all over the same.
And nobody seems to know where these terrorists came from. Not from the states of any repubs that were interviewed, according to them.
Is this his take on there are good people on both sides?
Republicans and media are playing the kids on The Family Circle with the little guy going "not me".
This is on them. My grandson got a bigger civics lesson than we expected. It was 1967 when I was his age.
My expertise stops at the old Perry Mason in the 60's. I am very frustrated with WI supreme court conservative justices for being a pain for Tony Evers and making covid here much worse than it needed to be.
But the conservatives judges seem to be interrupting the lawyers a lot and are coming across as condenscendong. Just want some feedback before I email feedback as to the ridiculousness of the court once again. The one I sent to them last night let them know what a laughing stock they are and that they should not have used the WI Tavern league as a source to put all our lives at risk.
I may be biased...
I for one will not forget, nor will I forgive.
She is as liberal as anyone on DU. She is also very kind, and relocates insects and critters to the outside when she captures them. They have a bit of a mice problem at their cabin, and she will only deal with them humanely.
Now she's has admitted moving the mice into peoples yards with Trump signs. That may not be humane, but it made me giggle.
From what I have read is being led by a woman from Burlington. That is a town of about 10,000 people. Burlington is also the town Robin Vos is from. There is some question as to the validity of the signatures she has gotten, based on local new reports. Maybe I am getting paranoid, but I don't believe in coincidences when it comes to Wisconsin Republicans.
Sorry, I don't know how to transfer sources on my Kindle. Google Misty Polewczynski if interested.
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