Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Building a Strong Foundation

Today I met with members of North Carolina MomsRising at the state legislature to advocate for programs in NC that support our kids. We had a building block tower that read "Build Our Future" and handed out information and little cardboard blocks to 106 legislators. While speaking with one of the state senators, he seemed to have a sense of "Yeah, yeah, not going to happen" about him but was very polite and said he'd do what he could to support NC's kids.

What frustrates me is that programs that support our children and encourage the long-term stability of our state should be at the top of the list of programs to protect. They are at the top of a list right now, the list of programs to cut. It is so important that our representatives hear from us over, and over again on this subject until they get the message that children come first, even in a recession.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

A Love That Ended Too Soon

The number of blankets I was prepared with for Ethan when he was born was borderline insanity. Friends and family showered me with home-made everyday use blankets, fancy hand-made crocheted blankets, specially embroidered blankets with "Ethan" inscribed on them, and one super-soft microfiber fuzzy green blanket. When Ethan was a baby, I tried everything to have him become attached to a collection of blankets my mom had made for him. There were many of the same color, from the same material, that would be easy enough to swap out while one (or four) of them was in the wash. I should've known though, that he'd like the one and only green one I had...the super-soft fuzzy green blanket which was used to look like "icing" over a diaper cake that I received at a baby shower.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Ask an Athiest

A friend of mine recently inquired about my being an Atheist. This led into a discussion about my opinion on the purpose of life, the existence of good and evil, and what happens when we die. Deep... I know... See, my friend will be looking death in the face sooner rather than later, and I found myself cringing with guilt at answering his questions honestly. But why?

See, growing up with a devoutly religious family, in a predominantly Christian community, in a town where misbehavior of any sizable proportion was sure to get back to your parents and church leaders, made for a consistent and impingent feeling of guilt. Why has that guilty feeling continued on without the piety? I think there's actually a simple explanation: I was taught that the automatic response to disagreeing with religious teachings is guilt, and automatic responses are the most difficult to shake.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

My Exchange with NC State Senator Richard Stevens

I recently had an email exchange with Senator Richard Stevens about the recent Supreme Court decision on Citizens United. I found it perplexing the way he could not even reply to me with anything resembling a professional response. I found this interesting, so I'm posting it here to share:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Does the Right see the Obama Administration as radical baby-killing socialists who want to take your guns, your money, and kill your grandma?

In a recent online discussion I was asked to prove my assertion that the right views the Obama Administration as "radical baby-killing socialists who want to take your guns, your money, and kill your grandma." Yes, I know, this statement sounds harsh, but I've been paying close attention to the political scene and I assure you, this is in fact the narrative they've been pushing. I've compiled this list to prove it:

"On Wednesday evening, Florida Senate candidate Marco Rubio e-mailed supporters asking them to donate to Brown in order to “stop the radical Obama-Reid-Pelosi government health care hijacking now being plotted in Washington.”

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Playground Brawl - 3 yr. old style and bullies

The saying "Boys will be boys" finally made sense to me today while visiting the Chic-fil-a in Garner. Ethan and I decided that we needed to get out of the house despite snow on the ground and rain coming down so we went to lunch. The Chic-fil-a was surprisingly packed, so I guess everyone else had the same idea. After we ate, Ethan went in to play while I finished my lunch and watched through the window (yes, I'm one of those parents). After about 20 minutes Ethan came out with two other kids pointing at me saying, "There's my mom." The two kids, a boy and a girl about 5 or 6 yrs old, came over to me to tell me that Ethan was "bothering them" and they didn't want to play with him. I told Ethan to go play with someone else and he went back in. The other two kids stood there for a few more minutes telling me how they don't like playing with kids they don't know and that they only wanted to play with each other. I told them that's fine, but it doesn't sound very nice and at that point the little boy said, "Let's just go" and took the little girls hand and went back in to play.