Saturday, December 5, 2015

Life Under the Gun

It's scary out there, and in my mind as well.  It reminds me of when I was a girl during World Ward II.  The grownups would be talking in the other room and I could tell by their voices that they were scared.   Like when my friend MaryAnn Heileman decided she was my enemy and chased me down the block after school.

My father had just died.  That hadn't even sunk in.  I don't think of that time being about his death.  That only came way after when I was trying to explain things to myself.  As if I ever could.

My mother was traveling for work and when she was gone we were in the care of our maid Mattie. One night her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend came over.  They were talking about the Japs.  The boyfriend said the Japs skinned people alive.

Mattie told him to be quiet but it was too late.  It feels like that now.


  1. It's funny, I don't feel scared at all. In fact I think the Republicans are hyping it up as much as possible to make everyone feel threatened. I am reminded of what Goering said " Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is TELL THEM THEY ARE BEING ATTACKED, and denounce the peacemakers for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. IT WORKS THE SAME IN ANY COUNTRY."

  2. It's important to live our lives with attention to loving one another. That will keep us focused and unafraid.

  3. I am scared of the fear-mongers and some aggressive megalomaniac that they could get ushered into power.

  4. I long for the "good old days" of Richard Nixon. Did I say that!