Monday, September 29, 2008

wherein i talk about my dirty child, voting

three people have told me within the last week, lovingly so, that my daughter is the dirtiest child they know of. again i will stress that this is out of love and i take it in no way offensively. SHE IS. she is filthy in the way pigpen from charlie brown is. he cannot help but draw a cloud of dust around ever fiber of his being, even straight out of a bath. i shudder to think of the possibility of someone asking olive to be in their wedding. literally i would have to bathe her at the church and pop her into her dress seconds before sending her down the aisle lest she find some dust bunnies to magnetize to her dress, a puddle for her to romp in, or stray chocolate bar make it's way into her hands. she is not "filthy" but rather tomboyish, a dirt digging, vagabond sort. today at the park i found her on her tummy under the bulk of the slide squealing with delight "swimming" in the mulch. like hand over hand, kicking her feet as if she were michael phelps himself. oh the bath water that follows such adventures! oh. just oh!

i was really and truly going to talk about politics, whether or not i was going to vote or not but im too tired of it all. america, GET OVER YOURSELF already. this election will not make or break us, will not change the course in some profound way for our people or the world. im exhausted by all of this jibba jabba talk. if you want to make a difference november 4th adopt a child. join greenpeace. divert your next paycheck to orphans in darfur. commit your life to active peace not passive politicking. just freaking DO SOMETHING besides pull or push a lever and feel like you can cross your arms and say mission accomplished

i've been having some problems breathing the last few hours. it might or not be related to the fact that i had coffee, french fries, three cookies, and popcorn (and nothing else) for dinner. just love me, oh pumper of my blood. oh taker in of and distributer of my oxygen. don't hate.

15 comments:

kasandora said...

well said....thank you.

Anonymous said...

thk u you hit the nail on the head re:US elec. here in Uganda people are drivin round w/Obama stickers on their cars while their own politicians are making a complete mess of things! I think your pigpen daughter has the right idea. when all else fails revel in rolling in dirt. how sweet it is.

Anonymous said...

if you think voting will not change anything then you are truly ignorant. you live in the swing state.. that means your vote counts more than any other vote!!! have you looked at the candidates? have you read and educated yourself about their platforms? do you want free health care for EVERYBODY or do you want to overturn roe v. wade? if you want to help change the world voting and educating the people around you about the candidates will help. sure joining Greenpeace and sending your next paycheck to orphans in Darfur will help but if the next president doesn't care about the environment or the orphans in Darfur then whats the point. if we get the right president in we can slowly bring home more of our troops and end the senseless war. yes, no one person will be able to fix everything, but one person is the better choice. no matter who you think that is, it is your right as a person, more importantly AS A WOMEN to vote! pulling a lever will not change the world, just as adopting a child will not change the world.... but every little bit helps. and when we, collectively as a whole, do everything we can this world will be a better place. so i urge to please educate yourself. don't let our mothers and grandmothers down by ignoring what the fought so hard and long for. PLEASE VOTE!!!

Amber said...

Thanks for what you said re: politics. So many people do think casting their vote is "their part" but there is so much more to be done but/along with that...

jenny mae. said...

anonymous -

i was once a passionate voter. i still believe in the process and the importance of women and minorities especially making their voices heard. my position is that right now this little election is just that, little. yes it is important but it is not the end all be all that the media is blasting it out of proportion to be. neither will save us nor damn us they simply will lead a country of people in a direction that is different (though how different is up in the air) from the previous president. wash, rinse, repeat it happens every 4 or 8 yrs.

does no on remember the electoral college either? um they are the ones who choose the president in the end.

oh and no i dont for a second believe roe v wade will be overturned nor would it help anything for the prolife campaign. and no one gets free health care, it is state funded meaning you are paying for it with your taxes.

Carly said...

This post would have been made 10x better if a picture of little Dust Bowl Olive were included.



But definitely go out and vote!!

Brooke said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. I am choosing not to vote this year, but instead am going to devote my time and energy to making the world a better place within my own.

rachaeldear said...

can i just say that i'm terrified to vote? i've never actually voted, to tell the truth, for a few reasons (mostly by accident), but now that i am actually registered and have nothing standing in my way, it scares me to think that i might have a hand in screwing this place up even more...

jenny mae. said...

rachael - but think, you might make it better too!!

Anonymous said...

Off topic, but have you heard vegetable car bay Joshua Radin... I think you will enjoy! ERIN

jenny mae. said...

i have! it used to be my song on myspace! oh how i love my veggie car! (when it works)

Anonymous said...

I am currently trying to convince my husband that we too need a nice veggie car, glad to hear you enjoy yours!

Anonymous said...

Just wanted to add another 'amen' to your political points. it's nice to read someone else feeling the same way.

And not to start a comment war but to anonymous number one. I'd watch who's accusing who of not doing their homework. Neither of the two candidates has proposed universal healthcare. Hillary did, but even if she had been chosen as the candidate she would be quick to admit that the current economic climate is going to make significant healthcare reform a back burner issue for a long time to come.

And ditto what jennie said about roe v. wade.

jenny mae. said...

and i believe hilary's proposal was "mandated health care" which only means that it would be illegal for someone not to have insurance. not the same as the government supplying every person with health care. gee thanks!

Maggie the Librarian said...

Hilary was working towards universal healthcare in the 90s when Bill Clinton was president. Then she started to bend over for the health insurance and pharmaceutical companies and the GOP -- which evolved into her proposal of her just previous campaign (similar to Obama's, but not enough funding for the poor).