Monday, June 11, 2018

913 - Surprised!

My May 30 post was called "Drenched in Privilege." I wrote it after a day in Olympia, the state capital, serving as a "peace keeper" for protesters in the Poor People's Campaign. My first-ever protest participation.

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? 



Linda Reeder said...

There is an interesting editorial by David Brooks, titled "The Problem With Wokeness" that will give you even more to think about.

Anonymous said...

Sounds something great!
All the best for completing your work!
You doesn't seem to be old along with your grandchildren's!

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

You struck a cord and made people think which is a very good thing.

DJan said...

I found your post very enlightening and thoughtful. It made me take stock of my own privilege and how I might help others in my own way. That's a great picture of you and your grandchildren. I saw in on Facebook and smiled, just like I'm doing now. :-)

Heidrun Khokhar, KleinsteMotte said...

While you have grandkids gtaduating I just got my second grandbaby last week. I lnow I was born after a nast war but was lucky to have lived in a time and place where there was peace and work and a way to become privileged. Aging is now a factor. Good luck with the downsizing project.

Joared said...

Oh dear, downsizing — working very slowly at doing some of that myself. Maybe you’ll make faster progress than I am.

Allison said...

Good luck with the downsizing and selling. We sold our house in West Seattle in 2006, moved to North Carolina, hated it, and ended up living full time in a series of RVs for 10 years. We recently bought a house in Tucson, but we're in Issaquah for the summer, still in the RV. Anyhoo, the downsizing can be painful. We had to keep reminding ourselves that tossing the stuff is not tossing the memory or the love attached to the item. I really enjoyed your post on privilege and how you are managing your weight. Good on you!

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