Usually I get about 300 "hits" on my blog posts, and most of them happen in the first four or five days. The May 30 post has gotten 913 as of today. Astonishing!
I think what's happened is that people are sharing the post from Facebook, because my blog posts go there too. I'm guessing that my thoughts on privilege - something I apparently have but didn't realize it until a couple of years ago - are waking up other people like me. I hope it's not because the rest of the world is laughing at how clueless I have been.
I've seen the word "woke" more often in the last few weeks than before, and I think it means we're becoming awakened or aware of situations around us that we never thought much about before. And I think that's where change will happen.
I've got some other changes going on right now:
- Thinking about selling our Washington house and living small. That means getting rid of 23 years of stuff.
- Planning for just the two of us in our household again, after several years of offspring tenants.
- Becoming more aware of LGBTQ issues as a result of the coming out of people I know.
- And oh, you know, those aging issues.
I like to think I'm open to change. I guess what's really the case is I'm open to SOME change. Especially the kind of change I choose myself. The change I don't choose is a little harder.
I wonder how many of the 913 are having similar thoughts.
Here's another change. How did it ever happen that I got old enough to have two grandchildren graduating from high school?