Weekend Coffee Share (1/28/17)

#WeekendCoffeeShare is graciously hosted by Diana at ParttimeMonsterBlog.com.


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Women’s March in Portland, OR

If we were having coffee I would tell you it hasn’t been a very productive week. My kitchen is still completely torn up from my DIY remodel. The rest of the house looks like a tornado passed through; a tornado with lots and lots of white fur. And I’m tired of subsisting on frozen dinners because my range is covered by a drop cloth and a grand array of hand tools.

Of course, all of that is totally under my control to change if I just managed to get up off my derriere and do something about it. Okay, I admit I’ve been binge-watching Haven on Netflix. And going to visit my grandkids. Oh, and then there was that little march thing on Saturday. Maybe you heard about it: the Women’s March?

For someone who even has trouble being in a crowded grocery store (no joke), it was a bit daunting to be walking shoulder to shoulder among 100,000 people in the streets of Portland,  OR. But in a last minute text, my daughter asked me if I would go with her.

I wrote back, “No. I can’t,” and as I paused to consider how to phrase the notion that I wouldn’t be able to handle the crowds and it would be too overwhelming to be out and about like that, I looked at what I had written. “No. I can’t.”

And I thought to myself, “Yes. I can.” It would be difficult and challenging, and maybe even completely overwhelming, and I might have to leave as soon I got there. But yes, I could at least try.

So I deleted those two words, and instead wrote, “Sure.” And we went. And I survived. And I’m glad I showed up. And I’m glad the other 99,999 people showed up as well.

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Portland PD monitoring the Women’s March 1.21.17

Did we make a difference? Yes, I think we did. It made a difference for me. In me. It made me challenge my “no I can’t” beliefs, not only about my anxieties, but about my ability to help effect positive change in a country that so sorely needs that right now. I’m glad I went. I’m glad my daughter extended the invitation, even though she probably expected my response to be, “No, I can’t.”

I still don’t plan on going to the grocery store, at least not until my freezer full of entrees needs replenishing. And I don’t know if I will ever join another march. But I did it, and – dare I say – I’m proud.

Now I just need to apply my “can do” energy to house work and kitchen remodeling tasks. But first I’m going to nuke something from the freezer for lunch, and then play with my dog just in case he hasn’t shed enough fur on the furniture. Oh, and then I’ll be visiting my grandkids this afternoon.

Seems I’m just too busy to be productive! Maybe next week…

About Maggie C

Stained glass artist, writer, respecter of life.
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13 Responses to Weekend Coffee Share (1/28/17)

  1. So glad you found the courage to go to the march and to take that great photo! I think these times are calling on all of us to move outside of our comfort zones.

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  2. Peggy Lemmer says:

    I wish I had gone to the Seattle march. I thought about it and had a dozen reasons not to. I should have stopped and thought like you did. I’m glad you went and I am proud of you and the other millions of women and men who marched that day all over the world. We have to continue to make a difference as long as we are led by the amoral people in control of this country. BTW I vacuumed yesterday and my house is covered in white fur. 🙂

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  3. vernette says:

    I’m in the Caribbean living vicariously through all you brave Women taking a stand! Well done you!

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  4. our news had no information on the March until after it was over. I am shocked about what happened yesterday. I am praying for the world especially those that are effect by the executive order.

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  5. amiewrites74 says:

    I am proud of you for attending the march! Thank you for lending your voice 🙂 Together we can make a difference!

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  6. Corina says:

    I am so happy and proud for you! You not only did something amazing for our country but you challenged yourself and you showed you could do it! I think it is also important that you marched with you daughter. It’s very important that we teach our daughters to stand up (and march) for what is important for them and for our country! Way to go!

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  7. That’s the spirit! ❤

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