Tea and Politics

I have to admit, I have had trouble with today’s topic. There are a couple of reasons, one being that I am with my two grandchildren and they are so precious together, there really isn’t time to think about blog topics. After all, at 2 1/2 and 3 years old, there are important things to do with Grandma and they don’t include letting her sit at a table and simply think and write. Oh no, she must need help or else she must hold your doll and help you serve tea.

I have been around young people for several days and the topics of conversation have ranged from fixing politics (we have come up with some great solutions – we just don’t know how to fight the lobbysts or the entrenched legislators and get the needed legislation passed) to wills and guardians of one’s children. Not an easy subject. Dean has been gone a year now, and I have yet to come up with the perfect solution of how to leave things and who to put in charge. One thing for sure though, it needs to be talked about. Also, there is the topic of how to take care of me, “The Conversation” from ABC.com is a great place to start for that. No one wants to be a burden, but not talking about your wishes can be just that. If no one knows what you want done, the guilt and indecision you leave your children can be horrendous. Talk. Cry. Talk. It’s all good.

So, this time at the farm I notice a couple of things. Objects that used to have great meaning to me, no longer do, my people are all that matter. The joy of watching the grandkids interact with each other is better that I could have ever imagined. I am breaking old habits and that makes people uncomfortable. Coming to the farm is getting easier and that is good because I have children who want to return here to live.

Live moves on. I still think a one-term Presidency, either 6 or 8 years is a good thing. No running for re-election while your supposed to be doing the most difficult and stressful job out there. Have a good week everyone, and remember, we will survive no matter who gets elected, so don’t get  tied up in knots over the politics. Breathe, vote, and hug your family.

About Barbara K Tyner

A graduate of UCCS with a degree in English Lit., Barbara writes Children's Literature as well as mainstream fiction. Her popular children's series, The Badger Books, is co-authored with Barbara's daughter, Laura. Her first novel, "Wait Here, Wait There" deals with grief and Alzheimer's. Her second novel, Rhyaden, a middle grade fantasy released Nov. 2018. Gardening, exploring National Parks, Kayaking, hiking, and snow-shoeing top her list of favorite hobbies.
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