Summer has finally given way to Fall. As we New Englanders break out the sweaters and replace flip-flops with shoes, Congressional leaders in Washington, D.C. are oblivious to the weather outside as they meet to decide how to save the U.S. economy. In New York, meanwhile, Sarah Palin, quite possibly the first woman to become Vice President, or, someday, President, is getting lessons on foreign policy from Henry Kissinger. In Finland, parents are waking up to plan funerals for their children killed by a hero worshiper of the Columbine Killers, and in China, parents are learning what melamine is and its effects on children when mixed with baby formula.
Who can blame me for chasing shade? Would anyone blame us mothers for doing everything we can to raise our children in selective ignorance of what is happening in America and around the world? I, for one, have recently found that during times like these, taking perceived easier options, striving for simpler choices and solutions, maybe for the first time in my life, has value for myself, my family, and my community. We have chosen to focus on healthy food, for example, and dinners together, instead of searching restaurant reviews for the next best dining experience. We've chosen one sport per season, instead of one sport per day, for each child. Newspaper subscriptions have given way to online news and most e-mailed articles, and shopping and movies have given way to "Dancing With The Stars" and charity walks.
Who knew. Simpler lives can be happier lives.
It is my hope that this Blog will encourage my close friends to communicate more with each other. To tell funny and sad things going on in their lives with their children, spouses, and jobs. The internet can be a wonderful thing, if we use it for wonderful goals.
Like getting back to simple things.